Public Housing & Public Health: Identifying Impacts & Experiences of Renovation & Redevelopment in San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California

PROJECT SUMMARY: Our proposed research investigates how Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) policy implementation in San Francisco affects people living in public housing. RAD is a public-private partnership that transfers management of public housing sites from traditional public housing authorities to private developers in order to leverage the private capital necessary to renovate deteriorating public housing structures. Using data from two health service systems, we will investigate the change in prevalence of health conditions and health care utilization before and after renovations.

Public Housing & Public Health: Identifying Impacts & Experiences of Renovation & Redevelopment in San Francisco
TEAM MEMBERS

[Pictured Left to Right]

  • Irene Yen, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California
  • Susan Neufeld, MA, Vice President of Community Development and Programs, BRIDGE Housing, San Francisco, California
  • Leslie Dubbin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California
"Where we build, how we build and how we engage residents around health can impact lives in real time. For the public housing developments that BRIDGE owns and manages, this need is even more imperative. Decades of neglect and mismanagement have left residents exposed to toxic social and physical environments, isolated from their communities, and disconnected from their neighbors. The IRL program offers an opportunity to link health research to our housing context so that we better serve our communities."
— Susan Neufeld
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