This study builds on the knowledge that economic and housing distress can force people to make hard choices between basic life necessities and paying for health care. It also explores the health status of families who participated in a housing-plus program in Philadelphia from 2011 to 2013.The authors focused on single-parent families living in violent neighborhoods. One of the key findings was that the parents met or exceeded the national average for self-reported physical health, but fell below the mental health average. Forty percent reported moderate to severe symptoms of depression and higher levels of stress resulting from worrying about financial instability and concern for their children’s well-being. For more information click here.