It is often said that your ZIP code is a better predictor of your health and life expectancy than your genetic code. For that reason, we believe Dr. Ben Carson’s background as a pediatric doc will help him see the link between health and housing as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. That is, the physical and mental well-being of someone’s home can have a strong bearing on an individual’s success and upward mobility.

Leaders in affordable housing development are highlighting a direct relationship between the design of affordable housing that promotes resident health and potential cost savings for developers, tenants, and public and private health providers.

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