LEARNING AREA: Community Organizing and Planning, Real Estate Development, Racial Equity
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There’s No Place Like Home: Reshaping Community Interventions and Policies to Eliminate Environmental Hazards and Improve Population Health for Low-Income and Minority Communities


Emily A. Benfer and Allyson E. Gold*




This article analyzes the relationship between policies governing healthy communities and housing and health outcomes for residents. Part I discusses how environmental and housing conditions affect community and individual health, with a particular focus on conditions that cause lead poisoning, asthma and respiratory distress, and cancer. Part II examines current federal, state, and local approaches to healthy housing policy, including interventions directed at individual housing units as well as the community at-large. This part also analyzes the limitations of these policies that prevent residents from attaining good health. Part III offers recommendations to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.