Cities of Opportunity
Healthy People, Thriving Communities


All city residents have a healthy, affordable and stable place to call home that is convenient to jobs, schools, retail, places to buy healthy food and to exercise, transportation options, recreation and other resources.

  • Housing quality impacts people’s health and wellbeing, and is strongly associated with illness and the cost of healthcare.
  • Housing must be both Affordable and Healthy, and in neighborhoods that are similarly health promoting.
  • Housing costs are prohibitive In all too many cities. Mayors note that People can’t live where they work!

Affordable Housing – In general, housing for which the occupant is paying no more than 30-35% of the household’s income for gross housing costs, including utilities and transportation.

Healthy Housing – Homes that meet the following characteristics: dry, safe, clean, pest free, contaminant free, well ventilated, well maintained and thermally controlled.

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