A weekly newsletter highlighting the NeighborWorks network
A weekly newsletter highlighting how the NeighborWorks network advances opportunity
Beyond homelessness: the link between health and housing
Green circle with white text that reads: Nearly 1/5 of Americans live in low-income areas with few options for healthy living
"Housing quality, housing stability, housing affordability and location are all tied to health," says Megan Sandel, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University.

Dr. Sandel is quoted in a white paper by The Root Cause Coalition, which cites recent studies indicating that providing housing for low-income, high-need individuals results in net savings due to reduced health care costs. "In some studies, the medical savings substantially offset the added costs of providing housing supports, such as rental housing, case management, education and employment services," according to the paper's authors.
NeighborWorks America actively explores best practices and helps its network members implement programs to improve the physical and mental health of residents most in need through quality and affordable housing options.
Grant allows community health clinic to expand services
A nurse holds a stethoscope to a young girl's ears
Grant funding is making it possible for a free public health clinic run in partnership with Peoples' Self-Help Housing, a NeighborWorks America member in Paso Robles, California, to expand its hours and broaden services.
Weatherization program provides senior couple with healthy home
A group of men stand around a house that's slated for repairs
The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama's Weatherization Day program helped a senior couple—longtime community residents of Decatur, Alabama—increase the energy efficiency of their home, while also promoting their health and safety.
Free evaluation tools measure community development's impact on health
A woman tends to a raised garden
Developed by NeighborWorks America's Success Measures program, a suite of 65 user-friendly measurement tools is now available to help organizations evaluate and document how their work improves the health of people and communities.

You can download the tools at no cost, thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Attend a free webinar to learn how to benefit from the tools and hear how organizations are using them today.
Building healthy places: how community development organizations contribute
Several women are on their bikes next to a wooded area
At NeighborWorks America survey examined health strategies, partnerships and services delivered by community development organizations and professionals to improve neighborhood health.
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