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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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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Why Hospitals Are Building Housing

Originally published on Reasons to be Cheerful. As U.S. coronavirus infections rolled past 30,000 this weekend, approximately one in four Americans is under some kind of order not to leave home. But as Ruth Ann Norton knows, which home they’re confined to makes a world of difference. “Housing is such an integral part of health in this country,” […]

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Boston Doctors Appeal With Public To Help Fight Coronavirus

Originally published on The Monitor. “As there is so much confusion, misinformation and denial on social media about the coronavirus we hope to explain, in plain language, why the experts see this as such an emergency.”Many people are reading the claim online that this virus is a lot like the viruses that cause colds, and […]

Hospitals Invest in Affordable Housing in Bid to Increase Patient Health

Originally published on FUNDFire. Health care and hospital systems are looking at a new way to align their dollars with their missions by pursuing affordable housing investments. Early movers in the space hope that those impact investments will both increase community health and decrease the financial strain on their institutions. “Asset managers tell us for impact […]

Pilot would measure impact of healthy foods on patients

Originally published on The Herald News. BOSTON — Healthy eating can help limit the impact of chronic diseases and drive down total health care costs, experts said Tuesday as they called for the Legislature to launch a medical nutrition pilot program. Several panels of doctors, caseworkers and social service agency leaders pressed the Health Care […]