Policy Press

Care, Health and Housing

Crisis, Experiences and Answers

Edited by Lidia C. Manzo

Published

Aug 1, 2024

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1447373766

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 1, 2024

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1447373773

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 1, 2024

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1447373780

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Available open access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

This book sheds light on the challenges faced by Irish social housing residents, including substandard living conditions and unsafe environments that harm physical and mental health. It emphasizes the ‘networks of care' and mutual aid in working-class communities and addresses the right to adequate public housing at the local level.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the life-or-death importance of housing quality and the necessity for long-term collaboration between housing and health sectors. Adopting a 'City of Care' approach, which prioritizes social capital, affordable housing, and community infrastructure, is vital. This book advocates for systemic reform that incorporates an ethics of care into all policies, a crucial step in promoting public health and social justice in Europe and beyond.

Lidia Katia C. Manzo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and EU CITY-OF-CARE Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow at the University of Milan.

Preface - Mark Boyle

Introduction: Why Care, Health and Housing? – Lidia Katia C. Manzo

Part 1: Crisis, Experiences and the Legislation – Declan Redmond

1. Nothing Fancy. Just Basic, Decent Accommodation. Just basic Rights – Lidia Katia C. Manzo and

Gayle Cullen Doyle

2. The Need for a Human Rights and a Health Approach to Housing – Rory Hearne

3. Community Organizations and Housing Rights - Austin Campbell

4. Using Law as a Tool for Change: Experiences and Limitations – Mary Heavey, Gavin Elliot and

Clodagh Daly

Part 2: Healthy Homes and Communities, Air Quality and the Data – Rob Kitchin

5. The Importance of the Home and Neighbourhood Environment for Health and Wellbeing – Hannah Grove

6. The Mould in Dublin’s Oliver Bond House: Causes and Health Focused Design Solutions for Social

Housing 1930’s Flats Refurbishment – Gearóid Carvill and Joseph Little

7. Grassroots Citizen Science and Indoor Air Quality Networks: Potential Tools to Better Understand

Inadequate Social Housing Conditions – Jeffrey Roe and Jack R. Lehane

8. The Power of Open Data for Healthier Neighbourhoods – Kevin Credit

Conclusions: Placing Care at the heart of the Housing and Health strategies – Lidia Katia C. Manzo

and Dáithí Downey