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House Dems Push Family, Child Tax Credits For Virus Relief

Originally published on Law360. Expanding earned income, child and dependent care tax credits would help working families survive the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats said Thursday at a hearing to build support for the next round of virus relief legislation. Economic assistance provided to families under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security […]

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ULI Members in Action: Housing Organizations Enter the Fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 has hit many communities hard, often in disproportionate ways. Individuals and families who live in public and affordable housing are generally more at risk for contracting and dying from this disease due to previously inequitable social determinants of health conditions; they are also being affected economically. Often working low-wage jobs with little to no […]

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A Process to Quantify the Health Impact of State Tax Policy

Originally published on The Pew Charitable Trusts. To examine the potential effects of creating a state-level earned income tax credit for low-income workers, experts in 2019 conducted a detailed health impact assessment (HIA) of a proposal before the Arkansas Legislature. The analysis of baseline health condition data in the state showed existing disparities based on […]

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‘I Know You’re Angry With Me Right Now Because You’re Hungry’

Originally published on The New York Times.  Infants and toddlers in food-insecure households were at higher risk for iron deficiency, experienced more hospitalizations and were generally in worse health than children who had enough to eat, according to data collected by Children’s HealthWatch, a network of public health researchers who study how economic conditions impact young […]

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19 Ways to Ensure Health Equity for Latinos During (and After) COVID-19

Originally published on Salud America!  Health equity is where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life possible. But health inequity remains. Now the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening historical inequities, and disproportionately affecting and killing Latinos and other people of color. So what can we do? We need to both immediate focus to ease the coronavirus […]

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Pressures Rise for Food-Insecure Families As Schools Remain Closed

Originally published on BMC Health City.  It’s been a month since Governor Charlie Baker shuttered Massachusetts’ public schools to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Now, as tens of thousands of students in the Greater Boston area are at home with their families for the remainder of the school year, experts worry many children who […]

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Housing is the prescription we need

Originally published on Habitat for Humanity. The message from public health professionals is clear: For the health of your family, and that of your community, the best thing you can do is stay at home. That guidance is clear, and it will save lives. But it also forces us to ask: What if the home […]

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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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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 […]