Scholars Strategy Network
December 10, 2018

In a newly released podcast from the Scholars Strategy Network, Health Services Administration Professor Andrew Fenelon discusses his research on the effects of housing on children's health using a new dataset that merges data from the National Health Interview Survey, a large national survey on children's health and well being, with housing records from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

He discusses the two different types of housing assistance programs, project based housing assistance and vouchers, and their particular health benefits for children. 

Dr. Fenelon also discusses the issues of housing assistance stigma and discrimination. He makes a case for additional investment in housing programs and a renewed focus on understanding the benefits of project based housing which can bolster the development of social networks within housing sites and provide the ability to cluster health and community services. 

He suggests a broader HUD approach to neighborhood investment focused not just on families who are experiencing hosing instability but on whole neighborhoods and communities that are experiencing housing unaffordability issues more broadly.

Last year his research on how cuts in federal housing will hurt people's health was featured in Kaiser Health News.

Last year his research on how cuts in federal housing will hurt people's health was featured in Kaiser Health News.

 

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