Housing and Health Work Group
Where you live and how you live affects your health. Is your housing stable? Is it affordable? Is it safe? Is your neighborhood inclusive and friendly? Is it near resources and services? CHIPS' Housing and Health working group works on exploring these housing and health relationships.
The 2019-2021 Washington state legislature directed the University of Washington School of Public Health to study and develop a report on homesharing of privately owned residencies, to serve as a strategy to reduce housing instability by increasing the supply of low-cost rentals. As defined by the National Shared Housing Resource Center, homesharing is where two or more people share a home to their mutual benefit. The legislative proviso language required an analysis of homeshare programs across the country and similar initiatives in Washington state. The idea was to learn more about barriers, successes, best practices and policies; UW analysts were charged with making recommendations to establish and sustain homeshare programs in Washington.
- Homeshare Study Policy Recommendations for the Washington State Senate Housing and Local Government Committee.pdf
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Questions? Please contact Amy Hagopian.
Innovations in Enumerating Homelessness
Enumerating homelessness has been a recurring challenge for jurisdictions responsible for mobilizing services for individuals living outdoors, in vehicles or poorly sheltered. Our Housing & Health working group recently earned a small grant from the UW's Urban Spark program to test the feasibility of developing new homeless enumeration system that is simple and low resource-intensive, unobtrusive, conducted anytime (including retrospectively), and relatively accurate.
Below are a handful of publications that have come out of this working group.
Learn more about the University of Washington's Housing and Health Work Group with these select publications and findings.
- Advocates Make a Difference in Duration of Homelessness and Quality of Life. Babayan M, Futrell M, Stover B, Hagopian A. (March 2021)
- When Housing First Lasts: Exploring the Lived Experience of Single-Site Housing First Residents. Stahl N, Collins SE, Clifasefi SL, Hagoipian A. (February 2016)
- Court-imposed fines as a feature of the homelessness-incarceration nexus: a cross-sectional study of the relationship between legal debt and duration of homelessness in Seattle, Washington, USA. Mogk J, Shmigol V, Futrell M, Stover B, Hagopian A. (May 2020)
- Presence of Any Medical Debt Associated With Two Additional Years of Homelessness in a Seattle Sample. Bielenberg J, Futrell M, Stover B, Hagopian A. (January/December 2020)