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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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Housing Intervention For Medically Complex Families Associated With Improved Family Health: Pilot Randomized Trial

Abstract The effects of housing instability and homelessness on child and adult health are well documented. However, few studies have explored health and housing interventions for families with children with the objective of health improvement. Housing Prescriptions as Health Care is a randomized controlled trial that is investigating the impact on physical and mental health […]

Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing

Children’s HealthWatch, through the Alliance for Community Health Integration, endorsed the Massachusetts Principles For Healthy And Affordable Housing, lead by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA). * * * * * We, as the Massachusetts health sector, recognize that the challenge of unaffordable and unstable housing has reached epidemic proportions. We are health care providers, […]

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 […]

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Associations Between Federal Rental Housing Assistance and Childhood Asthma—A Renewed Call for Investing in Housing for Health

In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, the findings of Boudreaux et al1 suggest that federal rental assistance for families with low incomes may be important for reducing emergency department visits for asthma. This study adds to the increasing body of research on the ways in which housing assistance is associated with health and has implications for housing […]

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Should Physicians ‘Prescribe’ Housing for the Homeless?

Originally published on Medscape. Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News, “I do believe that housing is a prescription for health. I believe, though, that the [entity that needs] to stock the pharmacy for housing is really the federal government.” She said creating partnerships across federal, […]