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Public health officials fear evictions could worsen COVID-19 spike in Mass.

Originally published on The Boston Globe. “The people who are struggling to pay rent could be your grocery worker, your delivery worker, your cleaner, your parent’s home care worker,” said Karen Chen, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “You want them to be healthy. You want them to have a safe and healthy place […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement in Response To Recent Discriminatory Rules

In the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis that has exacerbated and exposed inequities across our nation, the Trump Administration has finalized two discriminatory and racist rules that will further harm communities of color and our nation’s immigrants. These rules – which include changes to the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard, and resumed […]

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Boston Medical Center-led initiative wins $5 million from JPMorgan Chase to help inner city neighborhoods

Originally published on The Boston Globe. JPMorgan Chase is awarding $5 million over three years to a new Boston Medical Center-led initiative aimed at preparing residents of inner-city neighborhoods for better paying jobs and increasing access to affordable housing. The financial services giant and the hospital plan to announce on Thursday that Boston is the […]

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Stress from worrying about eviction causing physical problems for kids, parents

Originally published on Local 12. CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Dr. Megan Sandel is the co-director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. They work with children diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” “These are kids that are an inch off of the growth curve. They meet the World Health Organization diagnosis for malnutrition, but they live in the […]

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How housing negatively impacts our physical and mental health

Originally published on KUSI News. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) will hold its 2020 Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference virtually the week of Oct. 5-9th. Bringing more than 600 industry professionals and community and business leaders together, the annual conference will cover topics ranging from financing strategies to […]

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Homelessness During Pandemic Making A Bad Situation Worse

Originally published on KPBS. In the United States, nearly 60% of the millions who are homeless are children. And because they are homeless, they experience poor physical and mental health and increased levels of illness and death. The crisis of COVID-19 has both highlighted and worsened these conditions, said Dr. Megan Sandel, co-director of the Grow […]

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‘How Am I Going To Make It?’ Months of Eviction Uncertainty Are Taking a Toll on Millions of Families

Originally published on Time. Months of such uncertainty can have real consequences. In order to keep a roof over their heads, families may compromise on food, energy and health care bills, experts say. “These things not only take a physical toll, but they take a mental health toll,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of […]

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Looming wave of evictions, housing instability poses threat to health

Originally published on U.S. News World & Report. Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, said the pattern of evictions often follow the historic trends of disinvestment in communities from redlining, the unequal treatment in lending faced by many communities of color. “You see this perpetuation of housing […]

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Pandemic unemployment assistance necessary to maintain nation’s health

Originally published on The Hill. The $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has expired and is gone until Congress acts. Opponents of continuing the PUA cite a fictional entitlement myth, just like Reagan’s welfare queen — namely that people will refuse to work, staying at home and living off government largesse if they make more on unemployment than […]

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – Watch the Recording for Our Virtual Town Hall – The Second Wave: The Racially Inequitable Housing Crisis