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A Bulwark Against the Storm: The unequal impact of COVID relief policies on families with young children

Filling the Housing Opportunity Gap

The Need is Significant. Housing instability affects the health and well-being of children and families. When families fall behind on rent, are forced to move multiple times, and/or experience homelessness, infants and toddlers are placed at an increased risk of being in poor health and not meeting developmental milestones. This creates a “housing opportunity gap” […]

Closing the Housing Opportunity Gap

Investing in vouchers improves neighborhoods and health Given robust evidence on the effectiveness of rental assistance in reducing housing instability and promoting health, deep investments in housing subsidies are urgently needed to ensure families can afford rent in the neighborhood of their choice. Passage of The Family Stability and Opportunity Act and The Ending Homelessness […]


Closing the Housing Opportunity Gap

Investing in Housing Vouchers Improves Neighborhoods and Health Every parent strives to ensure their child grows up in a stable home where they can reach their fullest potential. Decades of research shows that when children – particularly young children – have access to high-quality, affordable homes and in neighborhoods with economic opportunities, green space, good […]

A Bold Federal Response to Eviction Protects Health and Housing Stability

Millions of families across the United States – disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and immigrants – struggle to maintain adequate housing and live on the brink of eviction and homelessness. The economic fallout of COVID-19 has exacerbated this challenge, and placed one in six families at risk of eviction – three times […]


Eviction: A Preventable Cause of Adverse Child and Family Health

Research consistently shows that children and their families need access to safe, stable, and affordable homes throughout their lifetimes in order to thrive. However, rising housing costs coupled with stagnant wages and disinvestment in affordable housing has resulted in extreme housing cost burdens and housing instability for millions of families across the United States. Due […]

Written Testimony to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight

On September 22, 2021, Children’s HeathWatch submitted testimony to inform the distribution plan for the $4.8 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in Massachusetts. In this testimony, Children’s HealthWatch urges the Committees to allocate a portion of the funds to programs that reduce health disparities in the Commonwealth. Specifically, we strongly advocate […]


Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing

On August 12th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted testimony in support of H.1434/S.891: “An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery”.  Currently, the state has an opportunity to prevent evictions and improve the health of young children and their families by enacting H.1434/S.891. This bill – which protects tenants and homeowners […]


The Toll on Children’s Health during COVID-19

Originally posted on Bostonia. Slammed by Twin Pandemics For caregivers at the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC) treating children identified as “failure to thrive” for lack of adequate nutrition, the pandemic has been a wrenching period without precedent. The clinic’s caseload soared 40 percent, with new referrals arriving in a more dire state than usual—some […]