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Housing Cost, Consistency, and Context and Their Relationship to Health

Dr. Jinhee Yun, Researcher at the Levin College, and Dr. Megan Hatch, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at Levin, have co-authored an article, “Housing Cost, Consistency, and Context and Their Relationship to Health,” published in Housing Studies in October 2023.

According to the abstract, while housing insecurity is associated with myriad negative outcomes for individuals and communities, less understood is the indirect and direct relationships between specific types of housing insecurity and health. Using Swope and Hernández’s (Citation2019) 4C’s of housing insecurity, data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health , structural equation modelling, and binary logistic regression, Yun and Dr. Hatch examine the relationship between different types of housing insecurity and mental and general health.

They find housing cost independently decreases health outcomes while residential stability indirectly affects health by increasing cost burdens. Most forms of housing cost, consistency, and neighborhood opportunity have independent and significant negative associations with short-term (12 month) and medium-term (seven to eight years) impacts on mental health. This suggests policymakers and advocates should place greater emphasis on housing assistance as an entitlement and cash assistance that vulnerable populations can use to address the cause of their specific type of housing insecurity.