We believe housing is foundational for strong, healthy and equitable communities. Studies show that housing insecurity creates chronic health disparities that impact how well a person lives, and for how long. These health impacts fall disproportionately on low-income people and people of color, exacerbating the already disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on these communities.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 35 percent of families spent more than 30 percent of income on housing in 2017. Because of this, families often sacrifice necessities like healthcare and nutrition in order to make rent, which can lead to increased stress, mental health problems and an increased risk of disease. Healthy housing promotes good physical and mental health, which is why we’re committed to expanding access to equitable and affordable housing for all.