Where you live should not determine how long you live. Addressing Social Determinants of Health is critical to preserving great mental, physical and emotional well-being for public housing families. Defending our communities is a priority for us.
Improving the quality of life for our families is NOT Rocket Science!
These common quotes come to mind when addressing issues of housing, health, and wealth. Unfortunately, the intersection of housing, health, and wealth is too often congested with inequities and disparities. Lack of affordable housing and health disparities are international issues especially impacting low-income households. As Jake Elliot writes in The Guardian:
A safe, settled, home is the cornerstone on which individuals and families build a better quality of life, access the services they need and gain greater independence.
In contrast, homelessness and poor housing multiply inequalities and have a long-term impact on physical and mental health. The health effects of poor housing disproportionately affect vulnerable people: older people living isolated lives, the young, those without a support network and adults with disabilities.
Carl S. Richie, Jr. is the current president of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). In 2013, Richie co-wrote an article with Earnest R. Burke, Plano Housing CEO, "Health, Healthcare, and Housing." According to Richie and Burke, "Public housing agencies have to address the disparities in health amongst the population we serve and the associated rising healthcare cost."
Knowing firsthand the overwhelming grip and grief of poverty, Can I Live employs a holistic approach to achieving physical, mental, and social well-being. We aim to provide a plethora of strategies and resources to make a positive impact on individuals and families' quality of life. On this site, we'll share this valuable information.