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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Confronting COVID-19: The Effects of COVID-19 on Multifamily and Affordable Housing

Originally published on Urban Land. The health and economic effects of COVID-19 on the multifamily industry, in terms of exacerbating existing problems related to the nation’s affordable housing shortage, were discussed by housing experts and advocates convened April 7 for a ULI webinar on the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on lower-income renters. “Confronting COVID-19: […]