Does affordable housing increase crime?

No. Studies show no evidence that affordable housing brings crime to a neighborhood. In fact, affordable housing, as a tool of economic development, can often help to lower crime rates. The National Crime Prevention Council calls for the construction of affordable housing to reduce crime because “neighborhood cohesion and economic stability are enhanced in areas where the continuing supply of dispersed, affordable housing is assured."

Most affordable housing residents are seeking safe and decent housing that will allow them to live self-sufficient lives in a good community.