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Pathways to Stable Homes: Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing Stability

Stable homes are vital for good health. Research demonstrates children’s health improves when their families are able to live in homes they can afford without falling behind on rent, moving frequently, or experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has a shortage of affordable rental homes across the state. For every 100 families with extremely low incomes* in […]

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Some Immigrants Choose Between Food Stamps and a Green Card

Originally published on The Atlantic. Lourdes Juarez has lived in North Carolina since 2000, working part-time to help children with disabilities improve their motor skills. Originally from Mexico, she is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States with plans to apply for citizenship. After bouts of pancreatic and liver cancer left her struggling […]

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How Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships, Rich Sheward, uses his MPP tools every day

In the video below, Heller School alum Rich Sheward explains how he uses his MPP tools every day at Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center.

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Strengthening the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit for Immigrant Working Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) improves the health and well-being of children and lifts families out of poverty across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, however, not all families in Massachusetts are eligible to claim the state EITC, despite living and working in the Commonwealth. These families include immigrants who file taxes using an Individual […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment on USDA’s proposed rule “Requirement for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents”

On March 29th, 2019, Children’s HealthWatch submitted public comment on the USDA’s proposed rule “Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents.”

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Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing and Stability Screening in Clinical Settings

Within the health care sector, researchers, clinicians, and payers increasingly recognize the importance of the social determinants of health for improving maternal and child health. The article focuses on existing and emerging approaches to screening families for unstable housing circumstances. The authors describe how housing stability screening helps health care providers to better understand risks […]

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Welfare Cap On Kids Needs To Go

Originally posted by The Boston Globe as a Letter to the Editor.  Kudos for taking a stand in your editorial “Cap on kids a failed welfare experience” (March 7). Massachusetts — it is embarrassing to say — is only one in 17 states that still has a similar welfare policy discriminating against children’s rights. This […]

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As affordable housing crisis worsens, Trump proposes more cuts

Originally posted on Curbed.  The cost of fixing the nation’s widening affordable housing shortage measures in the billions of dollars. But if the healthcare costs that come with this lack of housing security are factored in, replenishing and expanding our low-income housing stock becomes an even better investment. During a press call about The Gap—the National […]

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Trump’s housing budget leaves poorest out in the cold, advocates say

Originally published on Reuters.  WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A decade after the housing bubble burst in the United States, affordable homes are available to as little as 20 percent of the poorest families that need them in some states, according to a report published by housing advocates on Thursday. That national shortfall, despite showing […]