Measure Development for a Randomized Affordable Housing Experiment in Boston’s Chinatown

The Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit housing developer based in Boston’s Chinatown, recently began accepting tenants into newly constructed affordable rental housing in a 363-unit, mixed income housing development. Apartments in the new development, called One Greenway, were allocated according to a spring 2015 lottery. This lottery drew winners for placement in 95 units of affordable rental housing units.

This project collects baseline information on the health status and housing conditions of 400 applicants on the waitlist who did not win the lottery. A parallel baseline study of the 95 lottery winners is currently under development. Baseline data collection will lay the groundwork for a rigorous longitudinal study of housing’s effects of health, and will provide insight into the health status and current housing conditions experienced by a sample of low-income families in the Boston area.