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: National Housing Conference | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, the National Housing Conference (NHC) convened a series of health and housing working group meetings to bring together practitioners from both the nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing sphere with health care organizations. The objective was to explore practical and actionable ways that housing developers can work together with health systems and managed care organizations to build new affordable housing units while reducing unreimbursed medical costs in high-cost populations. Over the course of nine months, the group worked to identify the necessary next steps in order to foster more direct investment by health organizations in affordable housing, while identifying challenges that continue to require mitigating strategies.

  • Author: Children's HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center | Year: 2019
    Description:

    In search of a way to complement efforts to build more affordable homes in Massachusetts and ensure the state’s working families can avoid health damaging toxic trade-offs between rent and other basic necessities, Children’s HealthWatch developed a strategy named “Pathways to Stable Homes”. This strategy emerged and evolved out of feedback and information from multiple sources, including a listening tour, simulation modeling, and a healthcare cost analysis.

  • Author: Prepared for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation by Lauren A. Taylor, Caitlin E. Coyle, Chima Ndumele, Erika Rogan, Maureen Canavan, Leslie Curry, and Elizabeth H. Bradley | Year: 2015
    Description:

    Social determinants of health, which encompass social, behavioral and environmental influences on one’s health, have taken center stage in recent health policy discussions. While research indicates that greater attention to these non-medical factors may improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs, translating this evidence into actionable recommendations for policy makers and others has been challenging. This report, evaluates and synthesizes the evidence base for interventions that address social determinants of health, with special attention to innovative models that may improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs and that may be applicable in the Massachusetts policy context. 

  • Author: National League of Cities (NLC) | Year: 2019
    Description:

    Housing is in a state of crisis in America — and cities, towns and villages are on the front lines. Rising home prices and stagnant wages have put tremendous strain on housing markets across the country. In this report, you will find: An analysis of the factors that caused the housing crisis, Case studies of cities implementing innovative solutions, and Recommendations for both local and federal leaders.