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.
2022 Homelessness Seminar Series
We are excited to announce our four-part series bringing together a broad range of speakers to examine homelessness-related topics including Tent City, approaches to harm reduction, vehicle residency, and public policy. Sponsored by the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science, this series takes place from January to May and explores personal, local, and policy impact to promote more equitable decisions for Seattles Homeless community.
Watch the four-part seminar series here:
- Meeting People Where They Are in the Emerald City: Harm Reduction Approaches for People Experiencing Homelessness
- Vehicle Residency and the Nomadic Turn: How a UW Undergrad Project Drove National Research to Inform Public Policy, Social Services, and Legal Advocacy
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.
Watch the first seminar in the series here:
- Homeshare Study Policy Recommendations for the Washington State Senate Housing and Local Government Committee.pdf
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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.
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)