Our homes directly impact our health outcomes. Unhealthy housing, substandard living conditions, dangerous environmental exposures and equitable and affordable housing opportunities all impact a family’s ability to live, learn, grow and play together. Poor air quality, lead paint and pipes, inadequate ventilation, pest infestations, water leaks and other hazardous conditions put people and their families at a higher risk for health problems like asthma, allergies, respiratory conditions and other chronic diseases. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, housing conditions can and should support good health. These principles provide a framework for describing the critical components of a healthy home.
Healthy Homes Are:
When more than 30% of income is spent on housing, households are considered cost burdened. If more than 50% of income is spent on housing, households are deemed severely cost burdened. Substandard housing, overcrowding or homelessness can result from housing cost burdens and home instability for families facing difficulty paying rent or mortgage.
Accessibility modifications are often necessary in order for occupants to move safely into homes. Lack of accessibility in and around the home can result in reduced physical activity, injury, isolation and poor mental health. Every new home should be designed to improve accessibility for all occupants, regardless of age, ability or mobility challenges.