Housing, homelessness and health the focus at national housing meeting – In Canada
If it ever seems as if other nations are ahead of the U.S. in thinking about the social and environmental determinants of health, here’s more evidence: Close to 100 housing leaders and government officials from across Canada devoted day one of the Canada’s major housing conference to an in-depth review of the links between housing, homelessness and health.
The keynote address, delivered by Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott, providing a survey of the latest evidence on the links between poor housing and health, and the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that good housing is link to longer and healthier lives.
Shapcott noted the link between good housing and individual health, along with the benefits to population health, the economic health of the community and the fiscal health of government.
A number of studies, including cost-benefit analyses of people living with HIV/AIDS and men leaving jail, show that stable housing reduces health and social service costs. For ex-offenders, a good home has also been shown to reduce recidivism, making the community safer by lowering the crime rate.