Why housing matters
Housing is one of the biggest determinants of health and wellbeing. Poor quality homes create hazardous health conditions, such as lead exposure. Families burdened by housing costs have less to spend on healthcare and food. And housing instability disrupts work, school, daycare, and social connection. A child’s neighborhood determines not only present safety and access to quality education and healthcare, but also future earnings, even more so than where they live as an adult.
Closing off a community, such as Bainbridge, with its strong schools and high-quality amenities, to all but the affluent, confines low-income households to areas with greater environmental hazards and crime and under-resourced schools. HRB’s affordable, safe, and stable housing helps to reduce childhood poverty and increase economic mobility.