LEARNING AREA: Community Organizing and Planning, Real Estate Development
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How Sustainable Communities Create Resilient People






The 2017 PAHRC report examines the ways in which housing can shape resiliency and boost sustainability for individuals and the communities in which they live. It finds that investment in federal housing programs leverage dollars to combat poverty, promote economic mobility for low-income families, save money for communities, and stimulate economic growth. Research presented in this report suggests that investing in affordable housing programs can also improve the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of places and build the resiliency of many low-income families to poverty. To help communities leverage their investments effectively, the report also documents tools community leaders can use to empower low-income families to reach their full potential and improve their community’s path towards sustainability.