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 […]


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 […]


Failure to Thrive and Coronavirus: Efforts to Support and Protect Children With Community Resources, Policy, Advocacy

Originally published on BMC Health City. Under the best societal conditions, children from families who face barriers to their basic needs may struggle to get the necessary developmental nourishment to keep them healthy and thriving. As the COVID-19 pandemic hits Boston, though, concerns are high that parents’ job losses (especially among the lowest-wage earners) and school closures mean […]

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, […]

Letter to the Federal Communications Commission to Ensure People Have Access to Cell Phone And Internet Service

On March 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 250 organizations sent a letter to Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel and Starks to ensure people have access to cell phone and internet service during the COVID-19 crisis. The temporary expansion of Lifeline benefits will fulfill the Communications Act, advances the Congressionally mandated goals of universal service […]


Why Hospitals Are Building Housing

Originally published on Reasons to be Cheerful. As U.S. coronavirus infections rolled past 30,000 this weekend, approximately one in four Americans is under some kind of order not to leave home. But as Ruth Ann Norton knows, which home they’re confined to makes a world of difference. “Housing is such an integral part of health in this country,” […]


Boston Doctors Appeal With Public To Help Fight Coronavirus

Originally published on The Monitor. “As there is so much confusion, misinformation and denial on social media about the coronavirus we hope to explain, in plain language, why the experts see this as such an emergency.”Many people are reading the claim online that this virus is a lot like the viruses that cause colds, and […]

Letter to Support Emergency Money to the People

On March 22nd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 70 organizations led by the Economic Security Project signed a letter to support emergency money to the people. During an economic slowdown, Americans lose jobs and income. With a coronavirus-triggered contraction, those losses will likely hit low-income workers hardest as the travel and service industries contract, schools close, […]

Letter to Congress Calling for Immigrants to be Included in the COVID-19 3.0 Relief Package

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch and over 340 organizations through the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer calling for immigrants to be included in the COVID-19 3.0 relief package. We cannot protect the nation from the Coronavirus and its economic impact if we deny health care and […]