Peggy Bailey is the Vice President for Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In this capacity, she oversees the Center’s work to protect and expand access to affordable housing for people with low incomes. Prior to becoming Vice President for Housing Policy, Bailey served as the director of “Connect the Dots: Bridging Systems for Better Health,” a Center initiative that identifies opportunities to strengthen the link between housing programs and health policy.
Throughout her career, she has helped build connections between the housing community and health, nutrition, child welfare, and other systems of care amid the growing recognition that access to stable, affordable housing is a necessary foundation that enables low-income people to meet other basic needs. While at the Center, she has worked to bring the lessons learned from innovative state and local programs that coordinate housing and health services for highly vulnerable populations to national partners and policymakers. She has particularly focused on programs and policies that successfully integrate housing and services for people leaving the criminal justice system, people with histories of homelessness, and people with chronic behavioral or physical health conditions.
Prior to joining the Center in January 2016, Bailey served as Director of Health Systems Integration for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she focused on finding sustainable funding sources for the services that people with histories of homelessness and chronic health conditions need to maintain their housing. In addition, she worked with health care partners to improve their understanding of the housing sector and to identify ways they could make appropriate investments in rental assistance and capital projects. This included working with states to expand Medicaid coverage for housing-related services for highly vulnerable populations and helping the housing sector strategically build partnerships with health-sector stakeholders. She also worked for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the city of Rockwall, Texas.
Bailey holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.