TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA IF HE TRANSFORMS AND ELEVATES LOW INCOME HOUSING STANDARDS, HE WILL TRANSFORM HEALTH CARE AT A DEEPER AND EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT LEVEL, SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY, AND BRING DOWN THE DEFICIT EVEN LOWER THAN WHAT THE CBO PROJECTED!
Below I have provided a link to a recent article in the L.A Times, that goes into great depth about how substandard housing for low income families contributes to the health care crisis.
The vicious cycle goes something like this, low income people reside in housing that makes them sick, they then become a burden on the health care system, which in turn causes them to become a burden on the social services system. If people are stressed out by their living conditions, and can't stay healthy mentally or physically for any length of time because their homes make them ill, how on earth do you expect them to become productive citizens and contribute to the workforce, become entreprenuers or pursue an education?
I know for a fact that my living conditions are making me sick, I have had a horrible cough and weezing fits for months. However, I went to Texas in November and just spent a week at my son's bedside in the hospital,and both times my coughing and weezing went away. The minute I am back in my apartment, however, the weezing and coughing start back up. I even have developed a gagging reflex whenever I see the roaches, especially around my toothbrush. Spending days weezing, and trying not to vomit is really not a productive use of my time and talent. Roaches cause respiratory infections, yet there are endless stories about how roaches are a common complaint in low income housing.
Surely the Unites States Government has the resources to consult with professional exterminators and develop a uniform mandate for fumigating properties. I was told that as of now, all HUD can do is ask the landlord to SPRAY and the landlord knows that if he can demonstrate that he SPRAYED he will still get his HUD funding so usually he does the bear minimum, instead of really addressing the issue.
I've had my apartment sprayed twice in the year and a half that I have lived here and each time, the roaches got worse. All the roaches do is run and hide in another apartment. So HUD's policiy should be that if there is evidence of an infestation and if the landlord has beeen sited for roaches more than once, then they should be required to take a more intense approach to getting rid of the infestation. ROACHES CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARRY DISEASE, therefore it should be MANDATORY that HUD standards for dealing with vermin, and infestations be implemented immediately. HOUSING AND HEALTH ARE ONE IN THE SAME!