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Nine National Foundations Join to Address Nationwide Housing Instability

Understanding that stable homes provide an important platform for individual success and thriving communities, nine of the nation’s largest private foundations have joined forces to create the Funders for Housing and Opportunity collaborative with the goal of ensuring individuals and families across America who spend more than half of their income on rent  – or […]

EDITORIAL: Hunger is a public health issue and should be treated as such

Not being able to afford a meal is a highly stigmatized issue. People experiencing food insecurity often feel shame and embarrassment. Many areas of the state, even within wealthier cities such as Boston, have pockets of food deserts. This takes a toll on the lives of residents and places a burden on local legislators to […]

Study attaches high cost to hunger, food insecurity

From dialysis treatments to special attention in the classroom, costs pile up for those who may be ailing because they are hungry or unsure how they will get their next meals. A study publicized Tuesday pegged the total cost of hunger and food insecurity in Massachusetts at $2.4 billion. “That’s a staggering amount,” said Catherine […]

Hunger’s tab in Mass. is $2.4 billion, report says

Food insecurity has been linked to myriad health problems in adults and children. Now, a new report puts a dollar figure on the annual cost of hunger in Massachusetts: $2.4 billion. The estimate comes from a new report by the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians and researchers. […]

Late Rent Payments Can Harm Health Outcomes of Caregivers and Children

Unstable housing, which includes poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, and other factors, is a significant social determinant of health for adults and children. This new study identified three forms of housing instability (being behind on rent, moving multiple times, and experiencing homelessness) associated with inadequate access to care and poor health outcomes; sought to […]

Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?

There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A new study by researchers at Boston Medical Center furthers that unfortunate connection: It finds housing instability, including chronically late […]

Is Stressing About the Rent Making Us Sick?

The peer-reviewed academic journal Pediatrics has published a study showing a link between families who struggle to make their rent and poor health for both the adults and children in those families. Doctors and researchers from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Little Rock analyzed surveys of more than 22,000 families of renters with children age 4 or […]

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Housing Instability: A New Screen for Adverse Health Issues for Caregivers and Children

Screening for adverse childhood experiences that can influence future trajectories of child health has become a priority for child healthcare professionals. Most of us are familiar with the two-question food insecurity questions embedded in the AAP’s Bright Futures and Bright Futures Toolkit, but have you ever considered housing instability to also provide a window into […]

The Burden of a Late Rent Check Can Harm the Health of Both Parents and Kids

There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A new study by researchers at Boston Medical Center furthers that unfortunate connection: It finds housing instability, including chronically late […]

Housing instability negatively affects the health of children and caregivers

When families don’t have stable housing, their risk of struggling with poor health outcomes and material hardships, such as food insecurity, increases, according to a new study from Children’s HealthWatch. Researchers surveyed over 22,000 families and found that one third of low-income renters were housing unstable, which was associated with negative impacts on their health.