How Housing Impacts the Health of a Community

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: 
MidWestone Bank, 6th floor conference room
102 S. Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

A conversation between Sally Scott (Public Policy Center), Barbara Baquero (Community & Behavioral Health), and Maryann Dennis (Housing Fellowship). This event will take place on the sixth floor of MidWestONE Bank in downtown Iowa City. 

Scott, Baquero, and Dennis will consider why, in Iowa City, affording a place to rent or buy is getting harder. Why is there a shortage of affordable housing, and what is the impact on families in Johnson County? Can we flip the stigma of "low-income housing" on its head and think about affordable housing an essential community asset? 

Sally Scott, chair of the Johnson County Affordable Homes Coalition, will address the mismatch between incomes and housing costs in Johnson County, and how we can turn this problem around. Barbara Baquero, whose research focuses on reducing and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the U.S., will discuss the relationship between housing and health, particularly for Latino immigrant families in Eastern Iowa. Maryann Dennis, Director of the Housing Fellowship, will discuss how her organization gets affordable housing off the ground, and the impact on the families who live in these homes.