Health Care and Housing
More attention is being paid to the relationship between housing and healthcare. There are a couple obvious connections. Someone living in unsafe housing is more likely to suffer from serious Heslth problems. We know asthma increases for children living in substandard housing.
Second, families spending a disproportionate amount of money on housing do not have funds left over for healthcare.
Third health care reform penalizes hospitals for readmisdion if patients. Hospital Social Workers tell me that they often have trouble finding decent affordable housing for patients. This contributes to readmissions
Work is underway to better mesh housing and healthcare. We need to begin the process in St Louis