After a year of intensive research, Perkins&Will’s Housing Affordability Task Force has published a practical guide for developers and government organizations that want to transform affordable housing. “Healthy Affordable Housing: The Toolkit,” is a nearly 150-page resource that can help improve the health and well-being of residents through holistic design strategies. Its guidance is urgently needed in the wake of the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We found that residents in affordable housing faced health disparities even before the pandemic started, but their resilience helped them to persevere during this health crisis.” says Dr. Erika Eitland, a public health expert who co-leads the Perkins&Will Housing Affordability Task Force and serves as the director of the firm’s Human Experience (Hx) Lab. “We want design to support these residents no matter what circumstances they face. Our community partners’ knowledge was essential to coming up with holistic strategies to support health and affordability in these environments.”