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Housing is Health


Access to safe and affordable housing plays an important role in our overall health. Not having housing can lead to chronic illness, mental health issues, and poor development in children. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Most Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, and an estimated two-thirds of that time is spent in the home. Very young children spend even more time at home and are especially vulnerable to household hazards. Factors related to housing have the potential to help—or harm—our health in major ways.”  

Not having access to affordable housing can lead to chronic stress and to families having to choose between rent and other necessities, such as food. One study shows that those children with poor access to affordable housing have more behavioral problems, poorer school performance, and worse health.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Improved housing conditions can save lives, prevent disease, increase quality of life, reduce poverty, and help mitigate climate change. Housing is becoming increasingly important to health in light of urban growth, ageing populations and climate change.”


As prioritized by the community for Orange County:


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Housing Stability and Assistance
Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, By April 2024, OC Housing is Health will increase housing stability, access, and availability of healthy and affordable housing options for 600 lower income households in Santa Ana and Anaheim through a mixture of affordable housing production, increased tenant protection policies, and and increased housing assistance programs.”
Eagleman House Project
By March 2024, Eagleman Housing Project will achieve temporary or permanent housing for 50 Natives/Alaskan Natives who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in Orange County.