New Blogs Published on Housing, Health, and the Environment

The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign published on August 7 a blog written by Dr. Patricia Martin, DO, a family physician at Unity Health Care Minnesota Avenue Health Center, on why good housing is a prescription for good health for her patients. “I believe there is no technology or intervention that will drive down rising healthcare costs and improve health outcomes more quickly than safe, decent, affordable housing,” Dr. Martin writes.  (Unity Health Care participates in the campaign’s Roundtable.) Read the full blog here.

Children’s HealthWatch, a Steering Committee member of the Opportuntiy Starts at Home campaign, published on August 14 a blog written by NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel on the deep connections between housing and health, as well as how the campaign is building lasting partnerships with the health sector. “When housing advocates work alongside pediatricians, public health researchers, and health policy experts,” Diane writes, “we pique the interests of policymakers in new ways and urge them to take action.”  Read the full blog here.

The campaign also published a blog written by Khalil Shahyd, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) senior policy advocate, on the connections between affordable housing and climate change. “We are beginning to realize the critical role of affordable housing in reducing the negative impacts of climate change,” Mr. Shahyd writes. “We cannot adequately tackle the dual crises of climate change and housing affordability in silos.”  (NRDC is an active member of the campaign’s Roundtable.) Read the full blog here.

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