The coronavirus is exposing how vital stable housing is to healthcare

Originally published on Fast Company. Housing is more than a basic need—it’s a key part to healthcare. Amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, that aspect of healthcare is both more needed and more precarious than ever. There are already nearly 10 million very low-income renter households across the U.S., and another 1.5 million […]


Leaders Call for More Resources for Housing Industry to Weather COVID-19

Originally published on Affordable Housing Finance. It’s time for the nation to reset, said Dr. Megan Sandel, co-director of the GROW clinic at Boston Medical Center, co-lead principal investigator with Children’s HealthWatch, and associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. “Housing acts as a vaccine. A vaccine keeps you […]


Housing as Health Care: Advocates Press for COVID Crisis Solutions

Originally published on Public News Service. BOSTON — Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be contained until everyone has the ability to isolate — and that means everyone must have an affordable place to live. Experts on low-income housing are speaking out, emphasizing that housing is tied to health care. Dr. Megan Sandel, an […]


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 […]


Nearly a third of US apartment renters didn’t pay ANY rent for April as coronavirus shutdown puts millions out of work and landlords fear they won’t be able to pay taxes and utilities

Originally published on Daily Mail. Nearly a third of U.S. residential tenants did not make any rent payments in the first week of April, according to new industry data, while experts warn 1.5 million families could be pushed to the brink of homelessness by the coronavirus crisis. By April 5, 31 percent of apartment households nationwide had […]


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 […]

Letter To The Massachusetts Governor, Senate, and House To Support H.4615, A Moratorium On Evictions And Foreclosures Bill

On April 5th, Children’s HealthWatch and other advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Governor, Senate, and House to strongly support passing a clear moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and support renters and homeowners across the Commonwealth during this global COVID-19 pandemic. We, and our broad network of organizations, stand ready to work together to […]

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 […]