To better understand the role that housing plays in the long-term health and well-being of families and communities, the MacArthur Foundation has awarded five research grants totaling $2.7 million.

Selected from a pool of 212 proposals, the latest projects will be part of the Foundation’s $25 million initiative on How Housing Matters to Families and Communities.

This 2012 grant recipients are:

  • University of Michigan: $886,000 to study whether service and support interventions provided in a retirement community improve outcomes for moderate- and low-income seniors as much as those for seniors of greater means;
  • Leading Age Center for Applied Research: $698,000 to study the impact of service-enriched, publicly assisted housing on health, quality of life, and costs for older adults;
  • Syracuse University: $500,000 to study how housing affordability affects decisions made by older adults about their health care, living arrangements, and well-being;
  • The Ohio State University: $427,000 to analyze the use of a reverse mortgage and its impact on older adults’ financial security, well-being, and ability to preserve independent living; and
  • New York University: $202,000 to study if and how housing subsidies improve educational outcomes for children of low-income families.

Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded 34 grants through the initiative. For more information, visit