Subject: Health

  • Doctors Join the Fight Against Speculators

    In November, at 11p.m. on a Tuesday, a woman in her early 30s walked into our emergency room in East Boston, with her 6-year-old and 2-year-old children in tow. She had gotten home from work that evening to find her…

  • The Specter of Asbestos in Low-Income Housing

    Half a century ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see asbestos used in everything from tar paper for roofing, pipe insulation, caulking, ceiling tiles, and home insulation. Asbestos was durable, heat resistant, and cheap, making it a perfect home construction material.…

  • Seven Tips to Help You Forge Health and Housing Partnerships

    In NeighborWorks America’s new five-year strategic plan (2017-2021), one of our most significant transitions is recognition that many members of our network are increasingly broadening and deepening their cross-sector collaborations. We want to support them in advancing this new paradigm to…

  • Urban Institute Report Highlights Health and Housing Links

    There have been many studies, reports, and articles throughout the years that highlight the correlation between a person's housing and their health. (We even had an entire issue dedicated to this topic.) That's especially true today, where talk of the “social…

  • Under One Roof: Health Care and Social Services in the Same Place

    Without steady employment, Olivia and her son found themselves without housing, without food, without healthcare, and without options. It was then that Olivia decided to visit Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), a community development corporation based out of Arizona that…

  • How *To* Connect Health and Community Development

    A recent Rooflines post explored how *not* to connect community development and health, urging practitioners to not fall into the trap of “moralizing public health campaigns,” and instead focus on comprehensive solutions to systemic poverty. In a Shelterforce article from…

  • How *Not* to Connect Health and Community Development

    A few months ago as I walked to a board meeting of my local CDFI, I passed a memorial to a young man who was shot and killed a couple of days earlier. There was a huge collection of candles…

  • Cooking With Health, and Heritage, in Mind

    A recent article in The New York Times discussed an initiative to bring fresh, healthy food to a low-income Bronx neighborhood in New York’s least-healthy county. The expectation was that adding a new grocery store in this underserved community would…

  • Financial Incentives Encourage New Partnerships in Housing and Health

    If you watch Downton Abbey, as I do, you know that Lord Grantham is becoming an affordable housing developer—much to his consternation. He’s been called on to help build a slate of new homes on a piece of his property…

  • Making the Connections Between Housing and Health

    In December, President Barack Obama signed into law the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act that offers health, and dignity to millions of people through access to life-saving water and sanitation. The focus of this legislation will not…

  • Foreclosures Are Making People Sick

    [Editor's note: Shelterforce continues to discuss the connection between health and housing, and most recently devoted an entire issue to the topic. The op-ed below originally appeared in American Banker on November 3, 2014.] While foreclosure activity has declined since…

  • In Schools, Eliminating Poverty Stigma Could End Child Hunger

    More Americans live in high-poverty neighborhoods than ever before, according to a recent Century Foundation report, and many of them struggle to provide enough healthy food for their children. Children in these communities need the healthy breakfast and lunch that…

  • A Farm-to-Fork Movement, Starting with the Corner Store

    One of the more intriguing aspects of the local food movement in the United States is the effort to increase demand for fresh, locally produced food in low-income neighborhoods. Many of these communities are referred to as "food deserts" because…

  • From Food Pantries to Food Justice

    Is it possible for a family to be truly self-sufficient and provide all of its own food? This is a question that the Office for Social Ministry is grappling with as it reflects on how to transition its food ministries,…

  • Community Development: It’s What’s For Dinner

    Last week on Rooflines we heard from Alan Mallach and Mindy Thompson Fullilove on different aspects of stable neighborhoods. Mallach, in his post, looks at some of the principles of what it really means to pursue neighborhood stabilization, while Fullilove…

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    Prescription for a Legal Advocate

    When we wrote in 2006 about Boston Medical Center's program to link patients to lawyers who could help improve their housing conditions, it was a revelation to us, even though it's one of those ideas that makes complete sense as…

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    Health and Housing: Where Should the Money Come From?

    When we published our focus issue on health and housing and neighborhoods, one of the themes that came up in a few different ways was that properly funding stable, permanent housing and healthy neighborhoods could drastically save us money that…

  • Health and the Spaces Inbetween

    Last year, we published a focus issue on health and community development. We called the package "Are Our Neighborhoods Making Us Sick?" and pulled together a wide range of authors talking about everything from asthma triggers in affordable housing to…