August 22, 2019

Healthy Solutions for Affordable Housing

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Dr. Megan Sandel and Laurel Blatchford discuss the health care sector's increased interest in community development on the Building Blocks Podcast.

More than 20 million renter households in the U.S. spend more than 30 percent of their total income on housing, a threshold that immediately impacts household budgets, especially for low-income families.

Recently, Enterprise released a nationwide survey with Wakefield Research that illustrated how housing costs are undermining the health needs of American renters, many of whom are sacrificing medical care in order to pay rent. Faced with a shortage of affordable, quality, stable housing, low-income renters often lack access to sufficient health care and outdoor spaces, further contributing to poor health outcomes, including asthma, obesity, mental health challenges, and more. 

On Episode 9 of the Building Blocks Podcast, we’re examining efforts to address resident and community health as a priority in the development and preservation of affordable housing. We have a unique opportunity to collaborate with anchor institutions and major employers, like health systems, and leverage resources to build healthy housing.

I’m joined by Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Enterprise Community Partners Trustee, and Chair of Enterprise’s Health Advisory Council, to discuss the vast potential of the health care sector to tackle the affordable housing challenge. Through innovative initiatives, like Health Begins with Home, and dynamic tools and products, industry leaders and their local communities can spur collaboration across sectors and elevate homes as a platform for health.

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