A Comprehensive Solution For Public Housing

1780 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
In recent years, growing health disparities between non-public housing residents and public housing residents have triggered social discussions and administrative reactions. To tackle the poor health within the concentrated public housing community, policies based on ideas such as providing affordable health services were adopted widely. However, as shown by some recent study, the poor health condition has not been relieved and thus demands better solutions. In order to achieve a comprehensive solution to the health problems within the public housing, policy makers should emphasize and focus on improvement of living condition, implantation of easily accessible health services, and community building.
Public housing, first introduced in the first half of 20th century in the U.S., aims to provide affordable housing for the low-income. Early-reformers of such policy in the U.S. considered public housing as a responsibility for state government to ensure the humane need and more generally the well-being of all citizens (Stoloff, 2004, p. 2). A major form of public housing historically and currently is concentrated public housing which the low-income may apply for with a subsidized rate (Stoloff, 2004, p. 1). However, scholars and administrators later noticed a great deal of side-effect problems, a dominant one of which is the poor health condition of public housing residents. According to Fertig (2007), there are numerous negative relations between public housing and health risk…
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