As I See It: Healthy Incentives Program worth year-round investment

Originally published on Telegram & Gazette. As we pass winter’s midpoint here in Worcester, thoughts of local farms and fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables may be far from the average person’s mind. For the customers of the REC Mobile Farmers Markets, fresh healthy produce is available right down the block. On a recent February morning, […]


Bill designed to allow families to save, not lose assistance

Originally published on The Porterville Reporter. U.S. Representative T.J. Cox-D has introduced a bill designed to help low income families to continue to be able to save money while not losing eligibility for public assistance programs. The bill is in response to President Trump’s proposed budget in which programs such as food stamps would be […]


Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says

Originally published on The New York Times. Some children lost a stable home when a parent succumbed to opioid addiction. Others were forced to stay in hotels after hurricanes or fires destroyed their homes. Still others fled abuse or neglect. More than 1.5 million public school students nationwide said they were homeless at some point […]

Homelessness among students increases 137% under Trump — the highest in years

Originally published on Raw Story. President Donald Trump spent $11 million on a campaign ad during the Super Bowl to tell the country he’s created the best economy in American history. But for the 1.5 million children struggling with homelessness in the United States, it isn’t exactly the case. As Trump biographer David Cay Johnston explained […]


Podcast: Health Equity and Housing

Dr. Megan Sandel discusses how where you live impacts your health and “place-based” approaches to health equity with host Regina Cannon.


Podcast: How Hospital and Housing Partnerships Can Heal Communities

At Boston Medical Center, 25 percent of patients admitted to the hospital are homeless, and even more live in unsafe places or are at risk of being evicted; conditions that research shows can exacerbate health problems. Children’s HealthWatch data from BMC’s pediatric Emergency Department shows that one in three families are housing insecure, meaning they […]


Campaign pushes plans to make affordable housing a national priority

Originally published on Crux News. WASHINGTON, D.C. – For years, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, has said it’s a scandal that millions of American families are struggling to find a stable place to live. She knows how housing costs are soaring, forcing families and individuals to cut back on […]


Forum: Affordable Housing Bill Meets Critical Need

Originally published on Portland Press Herald. LD 1645, “An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing,” is a bipartisan bill carried over from last year and is being considered by the Legislature. It would fund a $20 million annual affordable housing tax credit, which, over its four-year span, could […]


Campaign Hosts Panels At National Press Club

Originally published on Opportunity Starts at Home. Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club with senior leaders from the National League of Cities, Catholic Charities USA, Children’s HealthWatch, National Women’s Law Center, and National Low Income Housing Coalition to discuss the prioritization of housing affordability in […]


Medicaid Doesn’t Pay For Housing. Here’s What It Can Do To Help Meet Enrollees’ Social Needs

Originally published on Health Affairs Blog. Access to safe, affordable housing supports people’s physical and mental health, research shows. This connection has led some health care stakeholders to conclude that Medicaid programs or health plans should pay directly for housing. We disagree: Diverting Medicaid funding from health care to housing is the wrong approach to addressing […]