Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing: A Systems Approach

26 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019 Last revised: 5 Dec 2019

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Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Katie Moran-McCabe

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Nadya Prood

Temple University - Center for Public Health Law Research

Kim Blankenship

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Angus Corbett

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abraham Gutman

Philadelphia Inquirer

Bethany Saxon

Temple University - Center for Public Health Law Research

Date Written: November 12, 2019

Abstract

This report is the second in a series of reports exploring the role of law in housing equity and innovative uses of law to improve health equity through housing. The reports are based on extensive literature scans and semi-structured interviews with people who are taking action in housing policy and practice. The full series includes: Report I: A Vision of Health Equity in Housing; Report II: Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing: A Systems Approach; Report III: Health Equity in Housing: Evidence and Evidence Gaps; Report IV: Creative People and Places Building Health Equity in Housing; Report V: Governing Health Equity in Housing; and Report VI: Health Equity through Housing: A Blueprint for Systematic Legal Action.

This report describes some of the factors that make housing in the U.S. a complex system, and establishes a model of the key legal elements, or “levers,” in that system. The model helps people from many backgrounds include law in a systematic approach to promote greater health equity in housing. Our model aims to pull together the key factors that are often separately identified and worked on, and organizes the legal levers we identified into five domains: Increasing the Supply of New Affordable Housing; Maintaining Existing Housing as Affordable, Stable, and Safe; Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; Enhancing Economic Choice for the Poor; and Governance.

Keywords: housing, health equity, law

JEL Classification: I18, K30, R21, R28, R31, R38

Suggested Citation

Burris, Scott C. and Moran-McCabe, Katie and Prood, Nadya and Blankenship, Kim and Corbett, Angus and Gutman, Abraham and Saxon, Bethany, Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing: A Systems Approach (November 12, 2019). Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486436

Scott C. Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Katie Moran-McCabe (Contact Author)

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19122
2152045786 (Phone)
19122 (Fax)

Nadya Prood

Temple University - Center for Public Health Law Research ( email )

1819 N. Broad St
Barrack Hall, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Kim Blankenship

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Angus Corbett

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abraham Gutman

Philadelphia Inquirer ( email )

400 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Bethany Saxon

Temple University - Center for Public Health Law Research ( email )

1819 N. Broad St
Barrack Hall, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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