EP07: Housing: A Public Health Issue

Healthy homes promote good physical and mental health. Poor quality and inadequate housing contribute to health problems such as chronic diseases and injuries and can have a harmful effect on childhood development.

This week’s episode features J. Hamilton McCoy II, the James Scott Farrin Lecturing Fellow and supervising attorney from the Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic. Plus, we discuss the whistleblower reports that indicate forced hysterectomies being performed at an immigration detention center in Georgia.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Housing policies in the United States have consistently disadvantaged people of color and low-income communities.
  • People of color have been precluded from the involvement in the capital building market, we have been inhibited in being able to access capital needed to own a home.
  • Predatory lending terms and redlining have influenced banks to impose unfair or abusive loan terms, mortgage loan denials and restrictions to certain communities.
  • Gentrification has allowed African American neighborhoods to be renovated and conformed to the middle-class, which has resulted in a change of residence forced upon those who lack resources to cope.
  • Healthful, affordable housing and anti-displacement measures are not only critical to individual health but also to environmental health.