Children’s HealthWatch | What If: Stable Homes Make Healthy Families
Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, children’s health and policy experts, finds that good health begins at home, not at a doctor’s office. Children’s HealthWatch recently published a brief addressing two questions: What are the health care and education costs of unstable housing? and Which policy solutions could create stable homes for healthier families? Using methods consistent with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Children’s HealthWatch estimates that roughly 10.2 million children and their families living in unstable housing incurred $8 billion in avoidable health care and education costs in 2016. Adjusted for inflation, they project $111 billion will be spent over 10 years, $76.8 billion on maternal health conditions and $34.3 billion on child health conditions. The organization defines having unstable housing as experiencing at least one of the following conditions in the previous year: inability to pay rent or mortgage on time, moving two or more times; or homelessness.