Housing is a key determinant of health as evidence shows that poor housing conditions cause accidental injury, exacerbate existing health conditions, make treating health conditions difficult and have a huge social impact upon the ability of individuals to achieve their potential in education or employment.

Good housing in a well-designed community can contribute enormously towards preventative activity across the lifecourse for individuals, families and communities, meaning that they can benefit from:

  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Improved physical wellbeing
  • Reduction in household injuries
  • Reduction in respiratory conditions
  • Reduction in hot/cold related illness
  • Better employment opportunities
  • Better educational outcomes
  • Opportunities for social relationships
  • A reduction in health inequalities
  • Cohesive communities

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