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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion of their Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion of recommendations that the Committee supports a number of bills that will advance equity for children in Massachusetts across the following areas: Promote racial health equity by closing income and wealth gaps Improve the health […]

Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in Support of the Evaluation of Governmental Services on Children and Families

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of the Senate Bill 135 and House Bill 185, “An Act requiring the evaluation of governmental services on children and families of the Commonwealth.” Having a role in the healthcare of the Commonwealth’s […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Comments on Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA

On July 15, Children HealthWatch submitted comments to USDA regarding its plan to advance racial justice and equity. We elaborate on ways to identify and eliminate barriers in USDA programs and services, and suggest strategies that would allow USDA to establish and maintain connections to a more diverse set of stakeholders representing underserved communities. Additionally, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Response to OMB Request for Information on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government

On July 6, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment on the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President’s Request for Information, “Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through Government” published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2021. We provide supporting materials and respond to Area 1 […]

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our Virtual Town Hall On How Equitable Housing Improves Child and Family Health