Homes, health and COVID-19
In partnership with The King's Fund, this report summarises the role and impact of poor-quality housing on health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poor-quality housing has a profound impact on health, especially in the context of COVID-19. The condition of homes, insecure tenure, and wider neighbourhood characteristics all have a considerable effect on health and wellbeing.
Despite this, 18% of homes in England are in a 'non-decent' condition. These homes are occupied disproportionately by older people, those with existing health conditions, people on lower incomes and those from ethnic minority groups.
This report is based on a literature review and analysis carried out by The King's Fund. It focuses specifically on the relationship between health and housing and the role of this interaction in the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.