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4 Things Affordable Housing Owners Can Do Now

Originally published on Multi-Housing News. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted renters and homeowners alike from all corners of the U.S. But for those living in affordable housing and low-income rental properties, financial difficulties caused by the pandemic can exacerbate pre-existing problems. Megan Sandel, co-director of the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center, said during a […]

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A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise

Originally published on The New York Times. The pandemic crippling the American economy portends a sharp increase in poverty, to a level that could exceed that of the Great Recession and that may even reach a high for the half-century in which there is comparable data, according to researchers at Columbia University. The coming wave of hardship […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill H.4622: “An Act to provide short-term relief for families in deep poverty”

On April 13th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill H.4622: “An Act to provide short-term relief for families in deep poverty”. This bill will provide immediate cash payments in the amount of the maximum monthly benefit for the household size to 30,000 families with children who receive Transitional Aid to […]

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Meeting Housing Needs Improves Health Outcomes for At-Risk Families

Originally published on PsychCentral. Families facing housing instability or homelessness who enroll in a program designed to support their housing and health needs see significant improvements in child health and parent mental health outcomes within six months, according to a new study by researchers from Boston Medical Center. The program, called Housing Prescription as Health […]

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Confronting COVID-19: The Effects of COVID-19 on Multifamily and Affordable Housing

Originally published on Urban Land. The health and economic effects of COVID-19 on the multifamily industry, in terms of exacerbating existing problems related to the nation’s affordable housing shortage, were discussed by housing experts and advocates convened April 7 for a ULI webinar on the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on lower-income renters. “Confronting COVID-19: […]

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Coronavirus pandemic response could bring more development of badly need affordable apartments in Wisconsin

Originally published on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The supply of affordable apartments nationwide, including in Wisconsin, has long fallen well short of demand from lower-income renters. With the coronavirus pandemic causing the unemployment rate to spike, there’s a huge concern that even more people could be at risk of homelessness. But affordable housing developers and groups that […]

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Coronavirus could put 1.5 million U.S. families on cusp of homelessness

Originally published on Reuters. NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The economic blow of the coronavirus could push 1.5 million U.S. families to the brink of homelessness, housing experts warned, not only increasing poverty but accelerating the spread of the pandemic in overcrowded homes. Those families would join some 8 million existing U.S. households on […]

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The coronavirus is exposing how vital stable housing is to healthcare

Originally published on Fast Company. Housing is more than a basic need—it’s a key part to healthcare. Amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, that aspect of healthcare is both more needed and more precarious than ever. There are already nearly 10 million very low-income renter households across the U.S., and another 1.5 million […]

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Leaders Call for More Resources for Housing Industry to Weather COVID-19

Originally published on Affordable Housing Finance. It’s time for the nation to reset, said Dr. Megan Sandel, co-director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center, co-lead principal investigator with Children’s HealthWatch, and associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. “Housing acts as a vaccine. A vaccine keeps you […]

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Housing as Health Care: Advocates Press for COVID Crisis Solutions

Originally published on Public News Service. BOSTON — Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be contained until everyone has the ability to isolate — and that means everyone must have an affordable place to live. Experts on low-income housing are speaking out, emphasizing that housing is tied to health care. Dr. Megan Sandel, an […]