Housing Solutions and Opportunities

Coming soon an invitation to our symposium in November to learn more about housing solutions.

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Housing Security and Heart Health

The American Heart Association is a national leader in addressing health equities and social determinants of health. Housing security is an essential element of community health and well- being. Studies show that living in lower socio-economic areas is associated with a 30% to 90% higher risk of coronary heart disease, independent of individual characteristics including age  and economic status.

Building Community Housing Solutions

Working with faith-based organizations we have a unique opportunity to build community housing solutions that leverage faith-based owned land.

A National Clarion Call Faith-Based Housing Webinar

The American Heart Association and Enterprise Community Partners, with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, is launching an initiative to address health equity and housing security. Working with faith-based organizations we have a unique opportunity to build community housing solutions that leverage faith-based owned land. 

Watch the webinar, recorded in August, on interest in using undeveloped land owned by faith based organizations to transform community housing.

 

A place of worship can be an agent of lasting change for the health equity in communities by establishing secure housing.

People who receive housing assistance report better health and psychological well-being compared to those who do not have this help.

Unused land or real estate can be an asset in helping communities who are under-resourced secure housing for those in need, which leads to better health.

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Impact

Individuals and families who are unable to consistently afford housing payments are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. This affects more than 50 million people in America.

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Need

Housing expenses higher than 30% of an individual or family’s income creates housing instability, and often requires tradeoffs between paying for housing in addition to other basic needs like food, medications, transportation, education and health care.