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Exploring the connections between affordable housing and health. Each housing pillar: affordability, stability, quality and neighbourhood, affects health independently. The pillars often occur in combination and the impacts on health increase exponentially. Discrimination and segregation, established historically and maintained through current policy and practice, further exacerbate the impacts on individual health.

Canada’s National Inquiry Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

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The reports linked at the end of this post document the work of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. They are based...

Bad Housing = Bad Health

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i, an on line journal based in the England, has just published an opinion piece that takes aim at health issues in the private rental housing sector in the...

Health Care Organizations Up Their Game In The Housing Business

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Here's a resource for people who want to extend the impact of health care services. It's a booklet that outlines best practices that have combined goals of providing housing...

Landlords Vs. Climate Change: How Will Renters Weather The Clash?

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Australia already appears to be suffering from the dramatic and devastating effects of climate change while being led, like America, by a government that refuses to see any sign...

Oh, No! Not Another California Homeless Story. . . But It Is A Great One!

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Great? We wish we could mean 'great' in some kind of 'light at the end of the tunnel' way. But we can't. Instead we're talking about a comprehensive article...

Connecting The Housing And Health Dots

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Health researchers Diana Hernandez and Carolyn Swope from Columbia University have recently published two important articles that connect housing with health. We have much more access to information about health...

Resilience: What Is It? What’s It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

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Resilience is a measure of how well a crisis, calamity, or catastrophe can be withstood. As the term is used in this blog, it comes in two flavours. Community resilience...

A Toronto Hospital Signs On For Affordable Housing

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The University Health Network in Toronto recently announced that it will donate a parcel of land for development as a site for affordable housingThe site is currently a parking...

Indigenous Housing Providers: A Source Of Strength For Affordable Housing

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The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) has just released a report about non-profit affordable housing that is provided and operated by indigenous organizations. The housing is spread across...

Winnipeg Improves On ‘Housing First’

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Researchers at the University of Winnipeg's Institute for Urban Studies (IUS) have just completed a report about providing Housing First services to indigenous people experiencing homelessness. The report firmly supports...

Affordable Shipping Container Housing: Comfy Microhomes Or Homeless Prison Cells?

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Quirky Architectural Think-Toy For an affordable housing solution? Or barely habitable concentration camp cage for homeless children? It would seem that shipping container housing can be both. Just as a pile...

Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother?

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What is it? Co-living, in its broadest sense, means living with others. Since society has several traditions that involve co-living, not the least of which is the family, its currently...

Teaming Up To Make Housing Affordable Through Health Investments

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Health insurers in the United States are investing to reduce direct health care costs, which affect their bottom line and profit levels. Some of those investments help make housing...

Non-Market Permanent Affordable Housing: Practical Solution Or Pipe Dream?

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People with very low incomes face big hurdles when it comes to affording housing. With minimal resources, they have limited housing options and little control over their housing in...

Shelter For All + Healthy Environment: Positive Partners Or Poisonous Protagonists?

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When humans interfere with the environment, even with the best of intentions, it can have an impact on human health.

Housing First, Helsinki Style

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The Guardian has just published a story about Finland’s remarkable success in lowering the number of people who are homeless in the capital Helsinki. We’ve covered stories about Finland’s success...

Lifting The Hood On Affordable Housing ‘Red Tape’

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Red Tape: Everybody hates it. Nobody needs it. When it comes to affordable housing, red tape is taking the blame for high costs. It is being disparaged by many actors...

American Police Take On Ugly Role As Eviction Advocates

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Remember 911? That was the number you were meant to dial in an emergency if you wished to summon the police? These days, you need to be careful what...

Ontario’s New Housing Plan Wallows in Happy-Clappy Possibilities, Few Promises

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The Ontario Government has just announced its housing program. The principal strategies? Building more housing and selling government assets. There is also a sweeping announcement about possible changes to...

Mountain View, CA: Hardship Posting For Teachers Plays ‘Company Town’

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What does the school district of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay area share with a school district in Kitimat, British Columbia? As far as their most important employees...

Deregulation Helps Private Housing Developers Build Affordable . . . .OMG!

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A constant drumbeat of housing industry advocacy targets over-regulation in the housing industry. Higher density, lower floor space, smaller lots, skip the housing inspectors — all these will allow...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Moving

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Affordable housing is not just a collection of construction material and land costs. It's a purse that must stretch to cover a rental or purchase . . . after...

Updated: A Housing Way To Fight Aboriginal Tuberculosis

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This article was first published in March 2018 and is updated with new information released on January 24 and March 8, 2019. Poor housing conditions in Canada's northern territory of...

Lack Of Affordable Housing Constrains Housing First Programs

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In our media scans, we see calls for more affordable housing daily. As new groups of people with affordability issues come to light (firefighters, health workers and teachers, for...

Housing And Health: The Backbone Of Strong Communities

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The NHP Foundation, an affordable housing provider in the US, is challenging others to reboot and accept homeless people as tenants. NHP argues that with appropriate supports and partnerships,...

Housing Affordability And Health: Is There A Connection?

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Does housing affordability affect health? This issue is not often explored in the media, but it's a different story in the academic literature. Health researchers surveyed over 10,000 households...

Why Americans Can’t Afford Housing: An Explanation From So Far In Left Field It May Be Right After All

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There have been a number of recent stories in the press that have attempted, for good reason, to explore the 'other' side of the affordable housing crisis. What other side?...

Homelessness: Ireland Tries ‘Health First’ When ‘Housing First’ Is Not An Option

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Housing First, a widely promoted approach to ending homelessness, is based on the idea that people who are homeless cannot properly focus on sorting out their often complex lives...

North American Senior’s Housing: Stealing Humanity For Profit, Or By Government Neglect?

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Population aging in a number of countries has shone a nasty new light on the limitations of public/private partnerships in fulfilling the promise of affordable housing. Why? Because the affordable...

What Makes A Healthy Community? Art? Affordable Housing? Both? Careful Thought From Durham, NC

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Let's begin in the most intimate and familiar corner of your community: your own home. "In this new era of Artificial Intelligence, modern families will soon realize that a robotic Personal Assistant is...

Affordable Housing Is Part Of The Prescription For Long Life In Finland

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Finland is back in the affordablehousingaction.org news.Earlier this year, Finland received attention because homelessness is going down, unlike many other western countries: From Finland, A Way To End Homelessness That...

Supports Mean Better Health For Seniors Living In Affordable Housing

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Here's a story from McKnight's Senior Living about the health benefits of affordable housing with supports for elderly people. McKnight's Senior Living is an online publication out of the United...

Domestic Violence Victims: Out Of The Frying Pan And Into A Bureaucratic Housing Fire

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The Guardian has recently explored how domestic violence victims in the UK are assisted in escaping their misery. A somewhat surprising conclusion is that many of them are further...

City Councils as Social Housing Developers: Yesterday’s Socialist Evil, Or Tomorrow’s Hope For Affordable Housing?

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DIY. Do It Yourself! Wise advice to a UK Borough Council that badly needs affordable housing? The London Borough of Hackney not only thinks so, it is taking aggressive...

In England, A Three Year Housing Lease = Better Mental Health

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In England, if you rent your home in the private market, your landlord can evict you at any time for no reason, just 'because'. With land prices soaring, more...

Can Intersectionality Pave A Pathway To Affordable Housing In Minneapolis?

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Intersectionality. Affordability. Big words to do battle with homelessness. But from the bottom of the deepest trenches in that battle, the individuals involved are aware of the very real...

In Idaho, Affordable Housing = Mental Health Stability

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Mental health workers in Idaho are appealing for help to increase the amount of affordable housing in that state. According to the United Way's ALICE report*, Idaho needs thousands...

Inclusionary Zoning: What Is It? Why Do It? Who’s Doing It?

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Researchers in the United States are investigating inclusionary zoning as a regulatory tool to improve health outcomes. Their findings are reported in the journal Health Affairs. Land uses are regulated...

Ugly Consequences When Housing For Vulnerable Populations Goes Unregulated

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Three unrelated stories point to the importance of regulating or monitoring affordable housing for vulnerable populations. In America, there is a federal requirement that cities and states provide housing and...

Pregnant? With Uncertain Housing? Mom & Unborn Baby Face A Health Crisis

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A pregnant mom arrives at The Washington D.C. perinatal clinic Mamatoto Village. Is she homeless, or facing eviction, or couch-surfing? These are all important health questions. And if her housing...

Homelessness: How Deadly Is It?

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Homelessness is recognized as a growing problem in many nations. Street counts are popular just now, but just how many homeless people are dieing? Surely that's a measure that...

From Scottish Children To US College students: Unaffordable Housing A Root Cause Of Poverty

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Housing advocates applauded the Scottish Government's new  Tackling Child Poverty Action Plan, but some were quick to point out that it is necessary to decrease the cost of housing in order...

Americans Swim Up A Torrent Of Healthcare Money Towards An Earlier Death

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Research is showing that America's fight for good health is apparently impeded by the amount of money spent on healthcare. Three times more money spent compared to that spent...

Take Two Aspirin And An Affordable Home, Then Call Me In The Morning

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Only 10% of people’s health needs are delivered at a medical facility. The recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation: Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting...

Tiny Homes Brings Affordable Privacy And Dignity To First Nations People

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Homelessness is a disease in Canadian indigenous communities that afflicts many. It brings with it a host of mental and physical complications, such as alcoholism and severe depression. Many northern...

Struggling Against The Public Seed Money Cop Out

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A story from a local Massachusetts paper illustrates the uphill battle against a long held government mindset: the best projects to fund are seed-money projects: those that grow wings...

Health Care Payers Begin Treating Ill-heath By Transitioning Clients To Affordable Housing

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There has long been a reluctance to recognize housing as an important social determinant of health. Accepting the idea means facing the challenge of finding affordable housing for those...

Housing Supports: Cuyahoga County Department Of Unintended Results

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Oops! Some of the best intentions don't pan out quite the expected way. Some twenty plus Cuyahoga County, Ohio communities have instituted what, on the surface, seemed to be a...

Released British Prisoners Escape Unaffordable Housing Crisis By Committing Suicide

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A new British report by the NAO (National Audit Office) suggests that prisons now drive 90 per cent of inmates mad, or turns them into drug addicts, or both....

Aboriginal And Homeless? 12 Reasons Why Affordable Housing Alone Is Not Enough.

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A Canadian definition of homelessness neither mirrored nor explained the aboriginal experiences of Jesse Thistle. He decided that a definition that reflected the aboriginal experience was an essential foundation...

Private Hospitals Invest In The Health Benefits Of Housing

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In United States, where private enterprise holds sway in the healthcare system, it might be expected that a for-profit hospital would shy away from treating homelessness as a healthcare...

BC Nurses Broaden Their Vision Of Healthcare For Vulnerable People

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Not all health care professionals feel that health care dollars should flow to the huge and hugely expensive medical industry which gives them their livelihood. In Canada, the British Columbia Nurses...

Housing As A Child Health Care Investment

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"Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of children." This is the conclusion reached by a recent report by the American National Housing...
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