Entries by CHW Staff

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3 ways landlords can be a resource for struggling tenants

Originally published on Atlanta Agent Magazine. Everyone in the multifamily sector is feeling the pain of the COVID-19 outbreak right now, from owners to residents to maintenance workers. “There’s a lot of stress out there,” Doug Bibby, president of the National Multifamily Housing Council, said in a webinar Tuesday organized by the Urban Land Institute […]

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Housing prescriptions improve health outcomes in children, anxiety and depression in adults

Originally published on EurekAlert. BOSTON – Results of a study show that enrollment in a program that supports housing and health needs of medically complex families was associated with improved child health and parent mental health within six months. The program, Housing Prescription as Health Care (HPHC), helps families experiencing homelessness and housing instability in […]

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Social safety net integral to good health, researchers find

Originally published on Modern Healthcare. Housing and integrated social services improved the health of children and adults in medically complex families, a new study found. Priority placement in affordable housing coupled with case management, financial and legal services for families that combat chronic diseases and housing instability significantly improved both physical and mental health compared […]

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Housing Intervention For Medically Complex Families Associated With Improved Family Health: Pilot Randomized Trial

Abstract The effects of housing instability and homelessness on child and adult health are well documented. However, few studies have explored health and housing interventions for families with children with the objective of health improvement. Housing Prescriptions as Health Care is a randomized controlled trial that is investigating the impact on physical and mental health […]

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Failure to Thrive and Coronavirus: Efforts to Support and Protect Children With Community Resources, Policy, Advocacy

Originally published on BMC Health City. Under the best societal conditions, children from families who face barriers to their basic needs may struggle to get the necessary developmental nourishment to keep them healthy and thriving. As the COVID-19 pandemic hits Boston, though, concerns are high that parents’ job losses (especially among the lowest-wage earners) and school closures mean […]

Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing

Children’s HealthWatch, through the Alliance for Community Health Integration, endorsed the Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing, lead by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA). * * * * * We, as the Massachusetts health sector, recognize that the challenge of unaffordable and unstable housing has reached epidemic proportions. We are health care providers, […]

The Joys Of Home Ownership

Originally published on Source Weekly. The financial reasoning for homeownership is bountiful: increased equity and wealth building, great tax benefits and predictable monthly payments—especially evident in today’s current rental situation with rents being raised frequently and excellent long-term investment potential. However, some of the lesser discussed advantages are more sentimental. A home is more than […]