Reversing the Social Divide

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities discover...

that improved housing leads to higher incomes, better health, increased education, and greater civic pride, helping to strengthen our communities.

Intervene in a down-and-out neighbourhood in just the right way, and the payoff is better health and wellbeing among residents. McMaster University’s Jim Dunn is working with CFI and Ontario municipalities to figure out exactly what makes an intervention effective. Together, they have discovered that improved housing translates into increased income, life expectancy, education scores and civic pride.


By pinpointing which cityscape improvements lead to better lives, the team can help guide crucial government policy decisions.


An ‘enthusiastic’ agent of change to improve lives

The Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing