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San Francisco Healthy Homes project is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) REACH CORE program. The goal of this project is to address health inequities.
What are Health Inequities?
Health inequities are avoidable health differences resulting from unequal social position, usually based on socioeconomic status, ethnicity and/or gender. The social conditions in which people are born, live, and work are the single most important determinant of health status.
Access to affordable, healthy, safe, and quality housing is a key social determinant of health. While housing subsidies help address the need for affordable housing, deferred maintenance and overcrowding has led to resident exposure to risks such as mold, pets, lead and fire. Affordable housing residents are also often exposed to higher rates of community violence, unemployment, and lower access to resources like grocery stores, parks, high-performing schools, and health care. Collectively, these social factors impact health status and life expectancy relative to other residents of the city. Improving the quality of housing, surrounding amenities and services can help mitigate preventable, unjust health inequities.
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.