Health & Housing
Where you live greatly impacts your health and well-being. Across the country, low-income children and adults suffer disproportionately from chronic health conditions, because they live in homes that are poorly constructed and maintained and located in neighborhoods that lack access to health care services and resources.
Chronic health problems due to inadequate housing can be caused by:
- Lead-based paint
- Mold infestation
- Poor ventilation
- Inadequate heating
- Neighborhood pollution
Boston Medical Center pediatrician Megan Sandel, M.D. says that housing is a ‘vaccine’ for the children she sees and that without it, many of her patients have little hope for healthy futures.
Enterprise's Health and Housing Initiative brings together the fields of health care and affordable housing. Our work includes:
- Improving health outcomes for seniors through improved supportive housing services
- Addressing chronic homelessness through Housing First and supportive housing models
- Supporting collaboration between the housing and health care communities
The need for resources and innovative policy solutions that link health care and housing is clearer than ever. However, investments in both housing and health care are at risk. Congress needs to hear form all of us on the importance of investing in programs that leverage the connection between health and housing.