National Leaders Focus on Health and Housing

How Housing Matters:
Housing As a Platform for Improving Health Outcomes

Spotlight on Poverty

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have jointly written an article How Housing Matters: Housing As a Platform for Improving Health Outcomes makes the case for the critical connections between health and housing.

They report that good health can depend on safe, decent, affordable housing as much as it does on better medicine, lower healthcare costs and smarter prevention strategies, declared Donovan and Sebelius in their article document the well researched connections and benefits.

For example:

  • The decade-long federal focus on lead hazards has reduced the number of children with lead poisoning by 75 percent.
  • Permanent supportive housing typically costs less than the revolving door of shelters, emergency rooms, detox centers, prisons, and hospitals.
  • Moving from high- to low-poverty neighborhoods has helped extremely low-income women to be less prone to extreme obesity or diabetes.

This installment of the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity series is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s How Housing Matters Initiative.

Click here to read more about the article and download a PDF.