Why Housing Matters
Access to safe, stable, affordable housing is linked to better health.
Affordable housing leaves people with more money to spend on basic needs such as healthy food, clothing, medicine, child care
Poor quality housing is linked to higher rates of:
- Disease, illness and injury
- Poor nutrition
- Poor mental health
- Stress and anxiety
- Exposure to violence
Who is at Risk?
Indigenous people, those with mental illness and low-income families with children are at greater risk for homelessness and more likely to live in unsafe, unstable, and unaffordable housing. The possibility of homelessness has harmful effects on children, and homelessness has lasting impacts on mental and physical health that can lead to illness later in life.