How Neighborhoods Influence Our Lives & Futures | How Housing Matters

How Neighborhoods Influence Our Lives & Futures

February 10, 2015  
 
 
 

Just as the home itself matters for its residents, the social environment of neighborhoods impact health outcomes. While physical components of neighborhoods are known to impact health, such as distance to resources like day care, schools and medical facilities, a growing body of research has found that the social environment is instrumental in health as well. An in-depth analysis of neighborhoods’ impacts on individual outcomes found that supportive social networks, local norms, and peer influences are a part of the neighborhood context that can greatly impact health.

Major findings:

  • Spatial mismatch between jobs and quality public services negatively impact health.
  • Environmental hazards such as neighborhood violence and pollution can lead to poorer health outcomes.
  • The chronic stress of living in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods with deteriorating buildings can affect parenting, which in turn affects children.

Editor’s note: Revised for clarity, April 2015.

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Author: George C. Galster
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    DC Matthews
    Posted 2 years ago

    For us older disabled (veterans and non) it affects how well we manage and whether we thrive or barely survive. Moving us very low income 30%of HUD into a box with no amenities and no social and no affordability to access elsewhere creates stress and depression and degrades health.
    Supportive programs with onsite staffing or vistations for substance or psychosis rehab can take up those for transitioning to mainstream. But mainstream housing except for special groups with certain severe perm disability should be the goal, esp for singles, that need activities and socialization at home. I hypothesize that low income disabled who are in mainstream housing become far more able and healthy than those in isolated 4plexes or projects for severe disability or pockets of poverty and high crime or drug use. Im staying homeless until i get usable housing not being dumped to perm just not dead yet in a box. I’D RATHER DIE TRYING THAN DIE FROM GIVING UP. MSWs in SSVF and VA paid to assist, but not trained in ADA and FHEO and wanting to do the numbers, make that a bigger challenge.

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