Housing and Health
Housing is about stable, safe places to live, and living in diverse, vibrant communities that lead to full, productive lives. Humane housing is a vital community condition. People are better-able to thrive with access to secure, consistent places to live, homes and neighborhoods that are safe from hazards, and neighborhoods that provide access to food and other basic needs and resources. Housing is the biggest expense for most Americans, so housing affordability is a significant factor in financial well-being. Housing stability, quality, safety, and affordability all affect health outcomes, as do physical and social characteristics of neighborhoods.
Improved school performance and civic engagement
HIAs in Housing
HIAs have the opportunity to inform housing policy, improvements, planning and decision-making, and investment that increases community well-being.
HIAs related to housing often focus on health and housing conditions, affordable housing, and housing policy. However, HIAs can be used to inform a range of health-related issues in the housing sector, including indoor environmental quality, access to transportation, jobs, parks, and open space, availability of nutritious foods, and neighborhood racial and socio-economic segregation.
* Adapted from The Pew Charitable Trust, The Relationship Between Housing and Health
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