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The design, development, and rehabilitation of affordable housing provides an opportunity to intentionally identify and address health concerns faced by residents with low income and improve community well-being. An excellent illustration of this fact is the impact of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.

Enterprise's outcomes-based design work outlines an approach to designing for specific outcomes, such as mobility, social interaction, or resource conservation. An outcomes-based design approach is applied in a number of fields, ranging from business management to social services. It defines the specific population focus, expected changes, design strategies and indicators that will be used to measure the project's impact over time.

In the case of affordable housing, an outcomes-based design approach provides guidance for designers and developers to improve the social, health, ecological and economic well-being of communities.

The following toolkits are two of our strongest examples of health-oriented outcomes-based design approaches created for the affordable housing sector.

  • The Health Action Plan is a process for identifying and addressing the health outcomes of residents through affordable housing design and development.
  • The Aging-in-Place Design Toolkit contains a series of tools to support affordable housing owners and developers seeking to assess and respond to the needs of their aging residents through the built environment.