Online Program

Better Health thru Housing

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mark Angelini, MS, Mercy Housing Lakefront, Chicago, IL

As the need for affordable housing continues to grow along with a deepening understanding of what it takes to improve the health and well-being of low income communities, mission-driven non-profit community developers have had to become increasingly innovative. Three areas of innovation are crucial. First, financial innovation is required in the perpetual struggle to fund affordable housing development. Second, innovation in construction practices helps produce high quality housing at lower cost. And finally, in the ever fluid environment of federal resources for service provision, innovative partnerships are needed to bring health and social services into housing developments. In this presentation, I will discuss the approaches Mercy Housing Lakefront is taking to preserve and create service-enriched affordable housing for families, seniors and high-need individuals; promote responsible use of land in a sustainable fashion; and develop key partnerships to achieve the greatest opportunities for health and well-being for our residents.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify current challenges to developing service-enriched affordable housing, and innovative approaches in community development to address those challenges, to improve opportunities for resident health and well-being.

Keyword(s): Community Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as President of Mercy Housing Lakefront, which serves nearly 4500 residents at its 28 properties throughout Chicago and Milwaukee, and will close on six other properties in 2015 bringing MHL’s total portfolio to 34 property portfolio with a total value of $500 million. I have over 30 years of experience in economic, community and real estate development including public/private mixed-use and mixed-income redevelopments that have revitalized numerous communities in Chicago and Illinois.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.