Housing Advocacy

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Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health (https://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2011/rwjf70451) for young children and their families.  As part of our mission to advance health equity, Healthy & Active Before 5 hopes to serve as a link between local housing advocates and the broader network of service providers, non-profits, and community members who are part of our Leadership Council.  Together, we are working towards solutions that will ensure that all families have a safe and affordable place to call home.

UPDATE August 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated the housing crisis in Contra Costa County. The Bay Area Equity Atlas reports that over 12,000 children are at risk for eviction when local and state protections expire at the end of September.
The good news is that tenants and landlords whose income has been impacted by the pandemic can qualify to have 100% of back rent paid by the state’s HousingIsKey program!
Healthy & Active Before 5 has created a toolkit with flyers, social media images, and sample text that our partners can use to spread the word among families they serve.

For more background, research, and resources regarding young children and housing security, Read More below.

If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between housing and health, check out some of these reports and other resources:

BARHII: Displacement Brief

BARHII: Housing Stability and Family Health: An Issue Brief

The Housing Crisis Hits Home in Concord

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health and Housing

Urban Displacement Report: Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in Contra Costa County 

Here are some of the organizations who are leading the housing fight and providing vital services in our region.  We encourage you to sign up for updates!

Raise the Roof Coalition (Concord)

Ensuring Opportunity

Tenants Together

East Bay Housing Organizations

Contra Costa Health, Housing, and Homeless Services

Our May 2018 Leadership Council convening focused on challenges and opportunities for housing families in Contra Costa.  Presentation materials from our fabulous speakers can be downloaded below by clicking on the link/title:

BARHII: Housing, Health, and Young Children

Ensuring Opportunity: Housing for Everyone!  Building Momentum for Local Solutions

La Clinica: Assessing housing as a social determinant of health – PRAPARE survey

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing: The impact of housing instability on families with young children

If you would like HAB45 to provide more specific resources or conduct a staff training, please let us know.  Here’s the link to contact us!

We will continue to keep our Leadership Council informed about opportunities to take action on this critical issue.  If you’re not already on the list, join us!

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