Did you know where your live can determine how healthy you are? And how healthy you are may also depend on your racial or ethnic background. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is working together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities as part of an effort to achieve health equity.
According to HUD’s 2007 American Housing Survey, nearly 6 million households live with moderate or severe physical housing problems, including heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies. About 24 million households face significant lead-based paint hazards. Key home health hazards include asthma and allergy triggers, such as mold, dampness and pests, injury hazards, and poor indoor air quality.
Anyone can suffer from these home-related illnesses and injuries, but certain groups such as low-income families, children, the elderly, or people with chronic illness are more susceptible. Minority families are at a disproportionately higher risk of home-based health problems. And housing data indicate that living conditions on tribal lands are generally poorer than the rest of the nation.
HUD is working to make housing healthier. Whether it’s preventing childhood lead poisoning, making homes safer, or targeting asthma in federally assisted housing, HUD grant programs are helping to erase health disparities among lower income and minority families.