An article in the November issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice details systematic review evidence supporting housing voucher programs. The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends tenant-based housing voucher programs to improve health and health-related outcomes for adults and to advance health equity. Health-related outcomes include housing quality and security, healthcare use, and neighborhood opportunities.
Tenant-based housing voucher programs help households with very low incomes afford safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Vouchers are tied to households rather than specific housing units so that households can use vouchers to move to neighborhoods with greater opportunities when units are available. Vouchers pay a substantial portion of the rent, which leaves households with money to cover other needs. Read highlights from the paper or access the full-text document on The Community Guide website.