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Proposed projects and ideas in this category align most closely to HUD's strategic plan goal 3: Use Housing as a Platform to Improve Quality of Life and goal 4: Build Strong, Resilient and Inclusive Communities. Proposed projects in this category could explore a range of health-related topics including housing an aging population, aging-in-place, linking housing with services, and the role of housing in improving healthcare utilization and reducing its costs.

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What do you think are the most critical research questions that should be explored in relation to health issues?

Posted By: barbara haley
Posted On: Thu, 10/08/2015 - 13:04

I propose that PD&R support the Service Coordinator Grant Program (see: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/scp...) by answering the following research questions:

1. Is there consensus that the list of previously identified best practices is complete? If not, what should be added? How can they be built into the program, i.e. as ‘replicable practices’?
2. What training/job experience is needed in order to carry out these ‘replicable practices’? Can training/job experience of candidates for service coordinator positions be mandated into the program?
3. What is the optimal methodology to gather evidence that the ‘replicable practices’ are producing the desired results?


Barbara Haley

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:11

Thank you for this suggestion. This proposal will be added to the list of projects and research questions to be considered for HUD's future research agenda. You insights in this area are appreciated.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

Posted By: njwebs
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 18:14

Research is needed to better understand the prevalence, barriers and incentives to affordable senior housing community residents’ participation (or lack of) in community programming, activities and events. Such information will be essential in guiding the design of policies and programs focused on utilizing housing as a platform to improve health and quality of life among older adults. Specific research to address these needs could include collection of survey data among a representative sample of affordable senior housing community residents and staff. Data are needed on the availability and range of health-focused programming within the community and frequency and likelihood of resident participation. This research will lead to a better understanding of factors (e.g., barriers and incentives) related to resident participation at multiple levels (e.g., environmental, interpersonal, and individual). Overall, the goal of this research would be to determine if resident participation is driven by availability of programming, barriers and incentives to participation, or a combination of both. Findings would also help inform policy makers on how to increase resident participation.

Intervention studies are needed focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative approaches to increasing resident participation in on-site programming, activities and events. For example, social networks have strong effects on behaviors, but little research has been conducted to translate interpersonal ties into effective interventions to promote engagement in positive health-related behaviors. Communities such as affordable senior housing communities would be ideal for such interventions where residents live in close proximity with one another and share multiple common spaces. Another possibility is intervention studies focused on leveraging local resources to enhance the health and quality of life among affordable senior housing residents. For example, studies focused on developing strong linkages and collaboration with nearby exercise facilities, high schools, community colleges and universities. These intervention examples are geared toward promoting supportive environments both within senior housing communities and beyond through integration with the larger local community.

Respectfully submitted by: Noah Webster & Toni Antonucci, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Posted By: jbpv
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:02

The HUD Portal web page states:

"In the coming decades, increasing life expectancy, a declining birth rate, and the aging of the baby boom generation will dramatically increase the number and proportion of the U.S. population over the age of 65. Most seniors indicate that they would prefer to age in place, either staying in their current home or choosing from a range of affordable, age-appropriate housing options within their community. It is crucial for successful aging in place to adapt homes and communities to meet the changing needs of aging residents, make available affordable housing options suitable for aging residents, and connect seniors to the services they need in the places that they live."

I highly recommend a research study that focuses on comparing the cost of adapting existing houses to the cost of assisted living and nursing home options. The study should also include a health outcomes metric that tracks the health of the senior compared to a benchmark and/or a "before and after" scenario. A pilot study could provide explicit guidance concerning the type of adaptation needed, the cost effectiveness of the adaption, and the impact on health outcomes (using both quality of life and health cost metrics).

Posted By: TJ Sutcliffe
Posted On: Tue, 11/03/2015 - 15:52

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force wants to reinforce the importance of the study “State Olmstead Plans and Assessment of Demand, Available Resources and Need” which is listed in the current Roadmap (p. 14) but which has not yet received Congressional funding.

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:44

We appreciate you taking the time to participate in this process. Your comment in support of this research will be shared within HUD and will be noted in the discussion around future research priorities.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

Posted By: allison.kretz
Posted On: Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:23

HUD should study the long term benefits of accessibility modifications, such as the length of time disabled households remain in the unit as a result of the modification as opposed to when they might have left had the renovations not been made, and the benefits to the owners in terms of stable rent and increased marketability of units because of accessibility features.

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:18

We appreciate you taking the time to contribute to this roadmapping process. Your recommendation has been noted and will be included in the discussion of HUD's near- and long-term research priorities. Please continue to provide suggestions as you think of new, exciting research ideas.
Blair Russell, PD&R

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