Report Highlights LIHTC Potential to Improve Public Health

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 11:30am

In a report released today, the Bipartisan Policy Center describes how the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) can improve health behaviors and outcomes for residents. The report, “Building the Case: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Health,” says lowering the housing cost burden for lower-income families leads to better health and lower medical noncompliance rates, as well as less food insecurity. The report says that combining housing assistance with other services could save $6,000 per person per year in health care costs and calls for more research by states and federal agencies to link health-claims data with residents of LIHTC-funded properties.