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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – Join Opportunity Starts at Home for Building Multi-Sector Partnerships to Advance Housing Policy

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One tool to help create affordable housing — real estate transfer fees

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. The open market has never had a viable mechanism to resolve the problem of escalating housing prices and rampant real estate speculation. For too long, affordable homes have been out of reach for people across the Commonwealth. But a tool exists that can help communities solve this persistent problem: a […]

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Residents of color disproportionately hit by evictions after moratorium expired, says new report

Originally posted on WBUR. Megan Sandel, a physician who serves as co-director of Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic for Children, cautioned Tuesday that housing displacement can spiral into years of lingering health effects. Evictions, she said, “really alter people’s life courses in ways that are unconscionable.” “In our research and others’, we have seen that […]

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Child hunger is expected to worsen

Originally posted on NPR. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with pediatrician Dr. Megan Sandel about how the pandemic has exasperated child hunger in the country and could worsen as pandemic-relief programs run out.

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BMC Pediatrician Presents a Model for Stably Housing Families in White House Forum

Originally posted on BMC HealthCity. One in five renters living with children are having difficulty keeping up on rent. Megan Sandel, MD, proposes a three-pronged solution. “One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has really made clear is that it has increased housing stability from a crisis to now, really, a pandemic in and of itself,” […]

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‘This relief currently has an expiration date, but parenting does not’: Senator Markey calls for extending child tax credit

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Senator Edward J. Markey joined health providers at Boston Medical Center on Monday to call for an extension of the Child Tax Credit, a federal program that has provided monthly checks to families with children since July but is due to expire next month. The tax credit, the centerpiece […]

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Housing and Neighborhoods as Root Causes of Child Poverty

Understanding how housing inequities among families with children are rooted in structural racism is important for identifying opportunities to engage in ongoing and collective work as pediatricians to lift children out of poverty. This article discusses the complex mechanisms between housing and child and family health outcomes, and offers potential solutions linking housing, health programs, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities

On October 29, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Gomez, Chairman Finn, and distinguished members of the MA Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of H.202/S.111: An Act to improve emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessness. As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Letter to the House Financial Services Committee

On October 20, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Chairwoman Waters and distinguished members of the House Financial Services Committee. During a time families of young children, particularly Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and immigrant families – are experiencing alarming rates of housing instability and homelessness, which imperil their health, we call upon you to invest […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Written Testimony to the MA Joint Committee on Housing

On October 15, 2021, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony to Chairman Keenan, Chairman Arciero, and distinguished members of the MA Joint Committee on Housing in support of H.1385: An Act providing upstream homelessness prevention assistance to families, youth, and adults, H.1428/S.898: An Act codifying the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program / An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher […]