The New York Academy of Medicine's Health Impact Assessment--the first to be conducted for the East Harlem Community and only the second in New York City's history--was created to inform the future implementation of the housing component of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. East Harlem has lost approximately 1,854 units of affordable housing since 2011 and is estimated to lose 6,817 units over the next 10 years. A failure to develop more affordable housing will continue to lead to evictions, displacement, decreased housing affordability and potentially poor health outcomes. This report offers options to avoid these risks. Residents and policy makers must realize that housing policy is also health policy. Health Impact Assessments can be a critical tool for understanding the negative and potentially positive effects policies from many sectors such as housing, transportation, urban planning and business can have on a community's health.
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