Food at Home

Affordable Housing as a Platform to Overcome Nutritional Challenges

By Enterprise Community Partners

May 28, 2014


The report highlights programs and best practices that address the nutritional needs of low-income communities. Readers will learn recommendations that demonstrate how affordable housing can be a platform and how housing providers can play a vital role in ensuring that low-income families have access to healthy foods. This paper aims to link the efforts of community developers, affordable housing providers and other stakeholders and to advance conversations between the housing and health fields.

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Key Takeaway

Housing and housing providers can positively affect the nutrition and health of residents

Affordable housing and housing providers can play a key role in providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating.

Findings & Stats

Household spending

A Major Expense

For most families (those in the bottom 80% of earners), food represents the third largest individual household expense after housing and transportation.

Food deserts

Food Deserts

Currently, 6 to 9% of all households lack access to healthy food, and 30 million people in the United States live more than one mile away (10 miles in non-metropolitan areas) from a large grocery store.

Housing provider food

Housing Provider’s Role

Housing providers can help promote a culture of healthy eating in everyday life and impact residents of all ages throughout their lives.

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