• Oliver Scott

How Gentrification Impacts Health

Most are aware of how gentrification displaces families and businesses especially if you are familiar with our mission here at Urban Business Support and hopefully, have been reading our blogs. Something people don't always think about is how it impacts the health and prosperity of those who experience it.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention archived a post worth mentioning, stating that where people live, work and play have an effect on their well-being. Factors such as land use, environmental injustice, and disparities among low-income families, minority groups, and the elderly are to be considered.

"Studies indicate that vulnerable populations typically have shorter life expectancy; higher cancer rates; more birth defects; greater infant mortality; and higher incidence of asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In addition, increasing evidence shows that these populations have an unequal share of residential exposure to hazardous substances." -Via the CDC Health Effects of Gentrification

Deep-rooted residents are profoundly connected socially within their society. When this is compromised the effects are added stress on mental health as well as feelings of loss within their network. This stress and pressure can be a boiling point through a community.

So with corporate development being a giant rolling wheel, seemingly unstoppable and on a war-path, there are some things that can be done about slowing the displacement of long-time residents and local businesses. Here are some strategies the CDC has proposed-

  1. Create affordable housing for all incomes

  2. Approve policies to ensure the continued affordability of housing units and the ability of residents to remain in their homes

  3. Increase individuals’ assets to reduce dependence on subsidized housing

  4. Ensure that new housing-related investments benefit current residents

  5. Involve the community i.e. allow the community to provide input into the design and redevelopment of their neighborhoods

And we'd just like to add

6. Continue to share, lift, and support organizations and non-profits that strive to provide courses of action for the community.

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