The Relationship Between Housing and Health

Research has consistently demonstrated a strong link between housing and health

Research has consistently demonstrated a strong link between housing and health, with factors generally falling into four categories: housing quality, affordability, location, and social and community attributes. This figure illustrates the connections among these attributes and health. Health impact assessment can be a useful tool to address a range of health-related issues in the housing sector, including access to transportation and jobs, availability of nutritious foods, indoor environmental quality, access to parks and open space, and neighborhood racial and socio-economic segregation.

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