Donor Dialogues: Health, Housing and Economy

Donor Dialogues: Health, Housing and Economy


[music] The dialogue today was fantastic because
so many people were engaged and offering different perspectives on the topic. So
whether you’re a housing agency, or whether you’re a healthcare system or
whether you’re a public health or homelessness organization: really
contributing to the conversation, but then also hearing about the different
funders’ interest in housing and what they’re doing already. You know, the Trust is just excited to be a supporter of the partnerships that are
needed to start to bring together the issues of health and housing. We know
that these issues are highly dependent on each other, but the way that funding
streams work and the way that we talk, and the way that we sort of approach our
work, it’s hard to come together. But we know, for residents who are vulnerable,
those issues are seamless and so we need to figure out how we create systems that
are seamless to support their needs. What you call home is a trajectory of where
you’re going, who you can become, and so connecting that to health, it’s not
just about the bricks and sticks but it’s also about the environment that
you’re going to be in in that house – whether it’s energy efficient, whether the air
quality is good, whether you have access to appropriate things in your community –
it’s very, very important. And so the connection between health and housing
can be understated. Today’s discussion really highlighted the the role that
housing plays in not only supporting families who are dealing with
homelessness, but families who are housing vulnerable because they’re in
poor housing conditions or dealing with issues of lead paint, or asthma, or simply
need to be in better locations so that they can improve their health through
exercise. Unless people really have good, affordable, safe and healthy housing, they
really can’t live healthy lives. It’s both of them together that work with
many other things to make for a quality community, a quality house and a quality family.

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