Many social issues stem from a history of unstable, unaffordable, and poor-quality housing.

Research shows that housing is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity for individuals and that a person’s access to opportunity is intrinsically linked with that of the community at large. As the gap between rents and incomes widens, it is critical that professionals in fields outside housing—including health, education, and economic development, among others—understand its central importance.

The research shows how housing can create better educational opportunities for children, contribute to healthier people and neighbourhoods and build stronger economic foundations for families and communities.