meltzer and schwartzProfessors of Urban Policy Rachel Meltzer and Alex Schwartz have published an article in Housing Policy Debate, a leading journal in the field, about the effect of housing affordability on health among renters in New York City. In their article, entitled “Housing Affordability and Health: Evidence From New York City,” Meltzer and Schwartz find that higher out-of-pocket rent burdens are associated with worse self-reported health conditions and a higher likelihood to postpone medical services for financial reasons. This relationship is particularly strong for those households with severe rent burdens. Their findings point to the importance of considering health-related outcomes when designing housing policies, and that housing subsidies should target both renters’ out-of-pocket costs and place-based repair and maintenance. Read the article here.



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