Housing Policies And Its Effect On An Individual's Physical And Mental Health

1850 Words Oct 30th, 2015 8 Pages
Introduction and Research Question
Living in inadequate housing can have a damaging impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. Poor housing conditions can arise from over-crowding, lack of insulation and ventilation, faulty heating systems, indoor air pollutants, and environmental hazards. Beyond the structural and environmental inadequacies of a housing unit, social policy and social institutions can also contribute to such harms. Undoubtedly, if minimum housing quality standards are not guaranteed, there will be a damaging impact on the resident’s quality of life and ultimately, their physical health. This paper will discuss housing policy and design and its correlation to respiratory diseases in the city of Hong Kong, proposing an intervention for tuberculosis treatment.
Hong Kong stands as one of the most densely packed areas in the world. Due to limited land, building has shifted vertically and housing prices continue to soar. As a result of this perennial shortage, the Chinese government developed mass subsidized housing programs in the form of sub-divided flats, tiny cubicle apartments, and densely packed housing villages. Nearly 46% of the Hong Kong population live in public housing (SoCo, 2011). In planning and designing these public spaces, the Chinese Government unfortunately does not consider health standards a main priority (SoCo, 2011). The reason for this may be time constraints, namely “the sheer scale of the operation and the short time within…
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