Housing

Most people spend most of their time at home - so the household environment can significantly affect health. Disrepair that stems from long-term maintenance neglect can lead to serious health problems, including: lead poisoning from lead paint; asthma and other respiratory issues triggered by pests; and carbon monoxide poisoning.

In NYC, substandard housing is disproportionately located in low-income neighborhoods, as historical disinvestment lead to severe, systemic maintenance deficiencies that threatens people’s health. No family should have to choose between affordable and healthy housing - all tenants are entitled to safe, decent, healthy housing that prevents disease and injury.

Data Features: Interactive infographics and reports

Displacement Risk

Housing stability creates health, but in NYC, many people have difficulty accessing healthy, stable housing. In some neighborhoods, residents at are higher risk of being …

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Interactive Heat Vulnerability Index

Use this Heat Vulnerability Explorer to look up your the heat vulnerability of your neighborhood, and the neighborhood characteristics that affect it.

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Data Stories: Narratives and explainers

Housing creates health Health is determined by many factors, and people tend to be healthier when they have economic stability, live in quality …


Economic stability creates health Health is determined by many factors, and people tend to be healthier when they have economic stability, live in quality …


A walk through history A neighborhood is not only shaped by its residents, but also by governmental practices and policies. Some of these have …


Staying safe in cold weather Cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe this winter.


Why violence is a public health issue Using public health to prevent violence Experiencing violence affects people in many ways. It not only causes physical injury …


A brief history of redlining Inside the 90-year-old financial policy that harms our health In public health, we often cite structural racism to help …


Health, housing, and history For health, place matters What determines whether or not you’re healthy? You may think about what you eat, whether you …


Why asthma is a social justice issue Poverty affects health in many ways. In New York City, the story of asthma clearly illustrates this connection. To understand …