Housing and well being: They’re carefully associated, and that is necessary, Greensboro Housing Summit stated | Native information

“Market-price” or full-price apartments are currently 96 percent rented, said Jon Lowder, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association, whose members own 66,000 apartments in the Triad.

Rents are increasing 3.5 percent annually, Lowder said.

“It doesn’t take long to get the apartment out of reach,” he told the group.

Affordable housing that is in the range of lower-income families currently has a vacancy rate of 1.15 percent, Lowder said, making it virtually impossible for a family to find an apartment that costs no more than 30 percent of their household income. That’s a measure of affordability. Anything else, say some housing experts, makes a person “rent-heavy” and severely restricts the purchasing power for other needs.

People burdened by rent, unable to pay their rent, or homeless are much more likely to end up in emergency rooms and hospitals with serious illnesses, summit spokesmen said. The stress of an in poor condition home – which contains hazards like mold, cockroaches, or electrical issues, for example – can cause anything from raised blood pressure in 3-year-old children to chronic asthma that requires hospitalization, health and safety experts said Live the group.

The main speaker, Dr. Megan Sandel, the nation’s leading expert on the effects of housing on children’s health, is an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

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