Community Investment Tax Credit HIA

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Background

Health Resources in Action, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) to inform the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as it developed a new funding opportunity for community development corporations (CDCs): the Community Investment Tax Credit Grant Program (CITC Grant Program).

The HIA examined connections between community development activities and health, and identified health metrics (health outcomes that result from the investment of tax credits in communities) that could be measured and evaluated with information provided by CDCs.

Why It's Important

The core activities of CDCs are intimately linked to the physical, mental, and social determinants of health in the communities they serve; however, this relationship has yet to be fully explored and documented.

Since CITC funds will impact CDC core activities, the additional resources will likely impact health as well. Thus, the goal of the CITC HIA was to investigate how and to what extent CDC activities affect these health determinants, how the CITC program may impact these activities, and consequently, community health across the state. For example, certain activities may be funded and maintained at current rates, such as the development of affordable housing, whereas other activities like resident services and community empowerment initiatives may increase due to additional funding.

A secondary goal of this HIA was to begin to document how community development activities as a whole affect health and to provide additional relevant and actionable information that can be used to evaluate local health impacts and benefits of these activities. This understanding will provide useful and actionable information that can be used by CDCs as they promote their work, build partnerships, and seek funding.

Resources
Videos:

What is community development's impact on health?


Upstream investments: How community development corporations impact public health


Demonstrating the difference: Strategies for harnessing data and partnerships

Questions

For questions, please contact Brittany Chen, Senior Program Manager, Training and Capacity Building at HRIA, at 617.279.2240, ext 324, or bchen@hria.org.