"'If 40% of American’s couldn’t deal with an unexpected cost of $400, but home repairs cost thousands and tens of thousands (of dollars), how is this population supposed to deal with that?' asked Dr. Roshanak Mehdipanah, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Here is where tough questions about public health and housing intersect in real life, Mehdipanah says. And yet, she argues, cities rarely account for the needs of quality public health when building or improving homes.
'Until public health gets more of a role in development and city functions, we’ll continue seeing issues like this rise,' she said."