How about this compelling case for affordable housing:
The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary
“Housing is well understood to be an important social determinant of physical and mental health and well-being. In the context of ongoing national and state efforts to reform health care, it is important for policymakers to understand the various pathways through which housing affects health. Affordable housing alleviates crowding and makes more household resources available to pay for health care and healthy food, which leads to better health outcomes. High- quality housing limits exposure to environmental toxins that impact health. Stable and affordable housing also supports mental health by limiting stressors related to financial burden or frequent moves, or by offering an escape from an abusive home environment. Affordable homeownership can have mental health bene ts by offering homeowners control over their environment. Affordable housing can also serve as a platform for providing supportive services to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and homeless individuals and families. Safe, decent, and affordable housing in neighborhoods of opportunity can also offer health bene ts to low- income households.”
The article is loaded with research and statistics which all confirm how damaging homelessness is to children. Seems like a duh! realization, doesn’t it? Still, we are making headway as we dig out from a very deep hole.
I just returned from the National Housing Conference & the Center for Housing Policy in New York. I see a path out of our housing crisis. We will feel gratified when we start turning this housing crisis around, and it will be fun!
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