August Housing Hangout – Childhood Asthma & Housing

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood often occurring before the age of 5. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but we know that certain conditions in homes can produce “asthma triggers” such as certain types of dust, mold, and chemicals can invoke an asthma attack. Dr. Kenneth Gruber is a Research Scientist at the Center for Housing and Community Studies and is the author of...

Housing Hangout – Housing & Education

Good housing is important to educational outcomes, lack of adequate housing negatively impacts children Having a comfortable living environment means a lot to a family, especially to children during school age. However, there are barriers to students’ schooling at both macro and micro level related to housing. Studies show that housing policies can drive dramatic demographic change in cities and...

Housing Hangout – Lead Safe Housing, Weatherization, & Repairs

Substandard and hazardous housing conditions are an ongoing issue in Guilford County where more than 5,800 homes lack complete kitchens, over 3,100 have no plumbing, and more than twenty census tracks are designated as having ‘high’ risk of lead exposure due to the age of the housing stock. Many residents face the impact of unaddressed housing conditions as a result of the high cost...

Latest publication from CHCS – Testing residential tap water

Abstract Background In 2015 alone, community water systems serving about 21 million Americans violated the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US-EPA) water quality standards. While water at community treatment and distribution centers is regularly monitored and tested, little is known about pollutants in the water systems at the household level. Aims This pilot study assessed the...

Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases.

We’ll Need it After the Moratorium Runs Out. Two Charlotte city council members the other day floated the idea of adopting a right to counsel program for tenants facing eviction. That’s a milestone, and an indicator both of how serious the eviction crisis is about to get, and of how fast the right to counsel laws are catching on. The moratorium on evictions, which blocks landlords from evicting...

Housing & Reproductive Justice

SisterSong, a national organization and reproductive justice collective, defines reproductive justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.  Housing insecurity threatens one’s ability to parent their children in a safe and healthy environment. Our panelists will describe the...

Housing Instability & Mental Health

Mental health is correlated with housing in several ways both as cause of housing precarity as well as an effect of poor housing. Studies have shown that mental illness is a predictor of living in a precarious housing situation, and one quarter of the homeless population in America suffer a mental illness. Yet also evictions, temporary housing situations, and poor housing conditions have been shown...