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Right to counsel is both a housing and public health intervention

The COVID 19 pandemic exposed and clarified the significance of housing for health and well-being. Recognition that housing instability and homelessness contributed to the spread of COVID 19 spurred urgent and creative action to address symptoms of a longstanding affordable housing crisis including the risk of eviction from rental housing. As one example, here in Connecticut, a statewide moratorium on evictions helped keep renters housed when pandemic related wage loss caused them to fall behind on rent.

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    Build public housing in the suburbs to improve population health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to a pre-existing and severe affordable rental housing crisis throughout the U.S. and here in Connecticut. Prior to the pandemic, there was no state in this country where a full-time minimum wage job was sufficient to affordably rent a one- bedroom apartment. Here in Connecticut, nearly two full-time jobs were needed.

    Source: CT Mirror
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  • Housing and Health Equity Fall 2022 Newsletter

    Our lab is focused on understanding the health implications of the current affordable housing crisis. Our research seeks to illuminate the toll of large, unequal, and unmet housing needs and to examine the health impacts of housing policies. We are grateful to our community partners, funders and the many individuals who have shared their lived experiences of housing vulnerability and housing activism with our research team. This report provides a brief summary of some of our work over the past year. We hope you find it informative. We welcome any questions or comments and would be happy to provide more information.

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  • Hotel housing for homeless teaches an important lesson for future

    In March of 2020, the United States issued an executive order enabling funds from FEMA’s Public Assistance program to be used to cover 75% of costs related to non-congregate sheltering for individuals experiencing homelessness. In New Haven, this enabled the city to contract with two hotels, the Village Suites and the La Quinta Inn and Suites, to house individuals residing in congregate shelters or experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

    Source: CT Mirror
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