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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

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Looming Rise in Family Homelessness will Harm Child Health

Originally published on On The Home Front. As pediatricians, we see the child health impacts of housing instability and homelessness in our clinical practice daily. We worry about the ongoing health of our patients if these families are evicted or forced into homelessness. Based on current data, we know that the COVID-19 crisis is likely […]

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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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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act To Guarantee Housing Stability During The COVID-19 Emergency And Recovery”

On July 28th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery”. This unprecedented crisis requires strong action to protect residents, safeguard the health and well-being of families with children, and set the stage for a strong and equitable economic […]

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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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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 […]

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Experts outline how pandemic has ushered in a children’s hunger and housing crisis

Originally published on USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. With record-breaking unemployment, millions falling behind in rent and mile-long food bank lines, the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a food and housing crisis of epic proportions. When covering the soaring food and housing insecurity plight facing the country, it’s important for reporters to set anecdotal stories amid a broader societal […]