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Our food system will collapse without federal assistance

Originally published on The Boston Globe. In Massachusetts, a worker making minimum wage would need to log 80 hours a week just to afford a two-bedroom apartment, let alone heat, medical bills, and childcare, leaving little to nothing left for food. And minority and under-resourced communities are being hit the hardest. The State of Hunger […]

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These Mothers Are Fighting for Their Families by Occupying Vacant Homes

Originally published on Rewire News. Moms 4 Housing has framed their fight for housing as a human right; their claim to secure and affordable housing is shaped through their identity as mothers with children in their care. Their demand for a home in which they can securely dwell and raise their family is a core […]

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Five New Studies to Probe Pandemic’s Impact on Vulnerable Urban Populations

Originally published on The Brink. How is COVID-19 impacting Boston’s young families? Megan Sandel, BU School of Medicine (MED) associate professor of pediatrics and School of Public Health (SPH) associate professor of environmental health, and Deborah A. Frank, MED professor of pediatrics and SPH assistant professor of community health sciences Children aren’t COVID-19’s usual victims—medically. But […]

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Loaves And Fishes: Nutrition’s Impact On Children

Originally published on Positively Naperville. Since the onset of COVID-19, food insecurity has increased dramatically. The U.S. Food Security Scale states that one in five families with children under the age of six struggles to provide enough food to lead active, healthy lives and are food insecure. Currently, 64% of clients that receive food at Loaves […]

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Housing Is Health: A Renewed Call for Federal Investments in Affordable Housing for Families With Children

Originally published on Opportunity Starts at Home. On June 30, partners of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign published a new peer-reviewed commentary inAcademic Pediatrics that calls on pediatricians to advocate for more robust and equitable affordable housing investments.  Authored by experts at the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Children’s HealthWatch, the commentary highlights the decades of […]

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Why more renters are being evicted in the middle of the pandemic

Originally published on PBS News Hour. Transcript: William Brangham: What’s pushing many renters over that edge is the economic fallout from the pandemic. One recent survey found up to a third of all renters weren’t able to pay rent in April. That’s causing housing advocates to warn of what they see as a worst-case scenario, […]

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Barriers to Food Access in Latinx Community, Point to Deep Systemic Inequities and Discrimination

Only Further Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Researchers Report Association Between Experiences of Discrimination with Food Insecurity among East Boston Latinx Community. Alongside These Challenges, Findings Illuminate Strong Social Bonds Families May Draw Support from in Times of Crisis. BOSTON (July 7, 2020) — Children’s HealthWatch, a non-partisan research and policy network headquartered at Boston […]

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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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The Coronavirus Files: The Health Divide, The Hunger Crisis & Reopening the Courts

Originally published on USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Covering the Childhood Hunger Crisis As co-director of The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center, a center for children suffering from malnutrition, pediatrician Megan Sandel usually hears about trouble securing food from 20% to 30% of the families she works with. Lately it’s been more like 60%, she said. Not only […]