Dr. Sandel persuasively delivered this message to Housing Solutions’ Annual Meeting on November 13 at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton. The 115 attendees – including bankers, area residents, social service providers and public officials – came away better informed and convinced about the critical link between the health of families and the housing services and units that Housing Solutions provides.
“Poor housing quality,” Dr. Sandel added, “is also the strongest predictor of emotional and behavioral problems in low-income children.” She further reported that research indicates that unstable housing, as indicated by a family moving 3 or more times or falling behind on their rent in the previous year, has nearly the same negative health impact on children and parents as does homelessness.
Dr. Sandel’s message underscored a theme that was repeated throughout the Annual Meeting – including in the presentation of Housing Solutions strategic plan and with the Community Service Awards: Stable housing is the foundation for a healthy and prosperous family, community and region.
In addition, long-time employees Mary Bulu and Norma Martin were recognized with Staff Lifetime Achievement Awards for their 30-plus years of service to the organization and its customers. The organization also presented community service awards to Mark Bilton of the Department of Mental Health for his work over the last 10 years securing stable housing for DMH clients and Peter Forman and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in advocating for increased housing opportunities in the region.
“What does a strong regional economy, the wellbeing of a DMH client and the health of a low-income child have in common? asked Housing Solutions Executive Director Carl Nagy-Koechlin at the conclusion of the meeting. “They all depend on adequate stable housing.”
Housing Solutions Thanks its Annual Meeting Sponsors
|Housing Solutions Board of Directors||BayCoast Bank|
|North Easton Savings Bank||First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union|
|Fr. Bill’s & MainSpring|
|SILVER||Patricia B. Koechlin|
|Curtis Construction Company, Inc.||Krokidas & Bluestein LLP|
|Daniel Dennis & Company LLP||Mass. Housing Investment Corp.|
|Hackett Feinberg P.C.||South Shore Chamber of Commerce|
|HallKeen Management||The Narrow Gate Architecture Ltd.|
|ICON Architecture||Tracker Systems, Inc.|
|Justice Resource Institute||VinFen|
|Matera Vopat Matera & Johnson P.C.|
|Metro Housing Boston||OTHER|
|NeighborWorks Southern Mass.||Alma Morrison|
|Partners Benefit Group, Inc.||Maureen Fitzgerald|
|Rockland Trust||New Seasons Development|
|South Shore Community Action Council|
|Southeastern Mass. Ser Jobs for Progress|