Reports

Reports

The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.

  • Author: Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI), Massachusetts Public Health Association, The Boston Foundation | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Health-Related Social Needs (HRSNs) are the needs that arise from social and economic factors, such as housing and food insecurity, that have a significant impact on individuals’ health outcomes and costs. MassHealth – the Medicaid program for low-income individuals in Massachusetts – launched an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program in 2017 that included requirements and targeted funding to address HRSNs for certain MassHealth members. The program relies on partnerships between ACOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to address HRSNs related to two domains – housing and food. The research for this report consisted of structured interviews with ACOs and CBOs about their current efforts and how they view potential partnerships moving forward. It also concludes with policy recommendations for key stakeholders in the program.

  • Author: Heidi L. Allen, Erica Eliason, Naomi Zewde, and Tal Gross | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Evictions are increasingly recognized as a serious concern facing low-income households. This study evaluated whether expansions of Medicaid can prevent evictions from occurring. We examined data from a privately licensed database of eviction records in fourteen states (286 counties) and used a difference-in-differences research design to compare rates of eviction before and after California’s early Medicaid expansion (51 counties). We conclude that health insurance coverage is associated with improved housing stability

  • Author: MassHousing | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Pinpointing the Gaps Between Supply and Eligibility for Affordable Housing and Between Supply and Demand for Market Rate Housing

    A recent senior housing study  that was sponsored by MassHousing and completed by ProMatura discusses Massachusetts Age-Restricted Housing and Services. The study reveals what type of housing and supportive-services are needed and which geographic areas need them the most. In particular the study points out gaps in available age-qualified housing in rural areas. The study also found that in most cities and towns 20%-49% of senior households who are income-eligible for affordable housing had too much income to qualify for supportive-service programs that would let them remain in their homes. The study found  a high need for additional age-restricted units for seniors of all income levels, with affordable housing units being for the lowest income seniors.

  • Author: Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative | Year: 2019
    Description:

    People of all ages need access to transportation options to get to medical appointments and to acquire medication and nutritious food, but also to facilitate meaningful interactions with friends and family and acquire opportunities to contribute through volunteering or work experiences. For these reasons and more, Age-Friendly Communities are paying attention to transportation and working to improve mobility.