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Healthy Homes

Housing is widely acknowledged as a key determinant of health.

Cold and damp housing, housing affordability, substandard housing and crowding all contribute to
the health of our communities.

Some quick facts

  • Substandard housing and in particular crowded, cold, damp and mouldy homes have been linked to poorer mental health and psychological distress for dwelling occupants.

  • Crowding is strongly associated with a range of communicable diseases including meningococcal disease, tuberculosis and acute rheumatic fever.

  • Cold, damp homes and indoor pollutants play a role in the development of asthma and  other respiratory health problems.

  • Housing type has also been known to influence the quality and quantity of interactions within
    neighbourhoods, affecting social cohesion, trust and a collective sense of community.

  • Unaffordable housing is a significant issue for many New Zealand families and contributes
    to families living in substandard housing and overcrowding

Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service supports and advocates for healthy housing conditions for all people. For further information please refer to the following links:


Last modified: 14 Jun 2017
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