CCIS Spotlight: Housing Stability

The COVID Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Housing Stability Spotlight highlights the impact of the pandemic on housing and the importance of stable housing to health.

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Summary of key findings

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities related to housing affordability and access.
  • Pandemic-related unemployment in MA caused many residents to lose income that they relied on for housing and basic needs.
  • More than one in three CCIS respondents were worried about paying their housing and/or utility expenses.
  • Individuals who were worried about housing and/or utility expenses were significantly more likely to be worried about getting food or groceries and accessing healthcare and/or technology needs.
  • Having access to affordable, safe, and permanent housing is closely tied to various health outcomes. Individuals who reported housing-related concerns were significantly more likely to report poor mental health days or PTSD symptoms.
  • Certain groups, including People of Color, parents, caregivers to a child or adult with special health needs, individuals with disabilities, individuals who identify as nonbinary or transgender, and those who have experienced intimate partner violence were significantly more likely to report housing-related concerns.
  • Housing-related concerns also were higher among residents within certain municipalities, especially in towns with high proportions of respondents who identified with a race other than white, non-Hispanic/non-Latinx. Approximately 50% of respondents from Brockton, Revere, Randolph, and Springfield reported being worried about paying for housing and/or utility-related expenses.

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