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Since 2018, I can often be found at our local community center—listening, learning, sharing, and strategizing around the table with community members on ways to push the city for more affordable housing and prevent the displacement of neighborhood residents.
Dorchester Not for Sale in the annual neighborhood parade, June 2019 (Credit: Cristina Eduardo, Dorchester Post)
Credit: Dorchester Not for Sale, @DotNot4Sale
Credit: Dorchester Not for Sale, @DotNot4Sale
"Community in Action: A Mural for Vietnamese Folks in Fields Corner", Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA. (Credit: Ngoc-Tran Vu )<p>Currently, there are three main forms of <a href="https://www.hud.gov/topics/rental_assistance" target="_blank">governmental housing assistance</a> in the U.S.: public housing, income-restricted units, and Section 8 housing vouchers. All are for low-income tenants and require a home inspection, but they vary in the type of housing, who manages them, and levels of income eligibility. Public housing is government-owned, while income-restricted units are privately-owned and rent is subsidized by the government. The Section 8 voucher program leaves it up to tenants to find their own housing that accepts vouchers.</p> <p>These programs are not enough. Some even fail to adequately protect residents. In 2017, only <a href="https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/Harvard_JCHS_State_of_the_Nations_Housing_2019.pdf" target="_blank">37 percent</a> of the 11 million extremely low-income renters received housing assistance. The average <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150043421/a-look-at-the-alarmingly-long-wait-times-for-section-8-housing-in-u-s-cities" target="_blank">national wait time</a> to get a Section 8 voucher is two years. Many landlords also <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/ExecSumm-Landlord-Acceptance-of-Housing-Choice-Vouchers.pdf" target="_blank">discriminate against renters with vouchers</a>. </p><p>Even with vouchers, renters are facing evictions. For example, in <a href="https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2020/01/An_Action_Plan_to_Reduce_Evictions_in_Boston_%28report%29%20200109_1.pdf" target="_blank">Boston</a>, we still see many eviction cases involving tenants on housing assistance.</p> <p>As a country, we need a progressive affordable housing agenda and comprehensive policies and programs in both public and private sectors to make a dent in the housing crisis. </p> <p>In recent years, nonprofit, philanthropic and religious organizations, and hospitals have stepped up. Some case examples include:</p>
"Homes For All" Assembly, Dorchester, MA, June 2019. (Credit: Lisa Thompson)<p>If we focus on just the physical and chemical hazards of the indoor environment, how can we adequately address and prevent the root causes of health problems associated with housing insecurity?</p><p>I believe that housing is a human right. My experience in the community has pushed me to expand my definition of environmental health and contextualize my research in the existing affordable housing crisis. It has shown me that housing insecurity is a core environmental public health issue.</p><p>Housing insecurity increases a household's risk of living in <a href="https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinants-health/interventions-resources/housing-instability" target="_blank">unsafe and unhealthy conditions</a>, their risk of being displaced, which in turn perpetuates the cycle of housing insecurity. <a href="http://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/HIA_Just_Cause_final.pdf" target="_blank">Households experiencing evictions</a> report worse self-reported health, higher stress levels, depression, and material hardship. They also have a greater risk of <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318323/pdf/AJPH.2014.301945.pdf" target="_blank">suicide</a>. For children, evictions and having to move frequently can lead to poor mental and physical health, disrupted schooling, and a <a href="https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/hendren/files/mto_paper.pdf" target="_blank">lower earning potential</a> in future jobs.</p><p>Knowing this, I cannot turn a blind eye to the urgency of the affordable housing crisis in my own community and across the country. I cannot turn a blind eye to my neighbors who are being evicted and/or moving away because they cannot afford rent.</p>
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