B08 - Incentivizing and Standardizing Healthy Affordable Housing

Wednesday, November 20 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | Booth 1223 « Back

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Across the nation, the affordable housing industry is at a crossroads. Over 38.1 million households dedicate more than 30% of their incomes toward housing, meaning that nearly one-third of households are cost-burdened. Not only is the supply of affordable housing lacking, but access to healthy housing is even more limited. Due to a robust evidence base, we know that healthy, affordable housing is paramount to creating thriving communities. This is why Fannie Mae created their Healthy Housing Rewards program and partnered with the Center for Active Design (CfAD), the operator and third-party verifier of the Fitwel Certification System, to create financing programs that support health-promoting multifamily properties. The presenters will facilitate an engaging conversation about current and emerging mechanisms to incentivize the development and retrofit of healthy, affordable housing. Panelists will discuss Fannie Mae’s Healthy Housing Rewards program as well as how health standards can be incorporated into other mechanisms such as Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs). Panelists will also discuss how financing mechanisms can help improve indoor environments of existing properties to reduce child lead poisoning and asthma. The panelists will highlight how past successes and lessons learned from the green building movement were translated into pioneering programs within the healthy building movement, including the financial incentive offered by Fannie Mae through its Healthy Housing Rewards program. Panelists will also discuss the role private-public partnerships and community empowerment play in developing healthy, affordable housing. This conversation will highlight a diverse set of perspectives, including representatives from: (1) CfAD; (2) Fannie Mae; and (3) the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; a leader of the SPARCC Initiative, which operates in Atlanta and five other major US cities.

Learning Objectives:

Summarize the value of designing multifamily residential properties to promote resident health and the critical role that financial and legislative mechanisms play in incentivizing the development of healthy housing.

Provide examples of financial and legislative mechanisms that are currently incentivizing the development of healthy housing and understand how to apply these incentives to multifamily residential projects.

Discuss how the green building movement incorporated economic incentives across a range of public and private sector programs, and how the healthy design movement can learn from those successes.

Assess new opportunities to promote healthy affordable multifamily housing.

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Education Tracks: Affordable Housing|Equitable Communities

Event Type: Conference Session > Session