Housing and homeownership is a big, important topic for any community. Access to safe, quality housing along with homeownership can help stabilize neighborhoods and often generate long-term financial assets for families.
Where you live also matters. A person’s ZIP code is now a stronger predictor of overall health than other factors, including race and genetics. And it’s not just life expectancy – access to care, access to health information, and quality of life are all affected by where one lives. The life expectancy for a child born in New Orleans can vary as much as 25 years between neighborhoods just a few miles apart. And the same is true in Mercer County – there’s a 14 year gap between the life expectancy of those living in Trenton versus Princeton.
That’s why we take our work around homeownership and healthy housing so seriously. In a city like Trenton, housing presents multiple concerns, including housing quality, lead paint, neighborhood safety and the financial return on a home purchase. Fortunately, because of the array of services Isles has to offer – homeownership, financial capability, environmental health, community gardening, youth education -- we are able to help residents navigate these issues by making connections across our services to ensure they are aware of all the resources available to them. Read the story below to see how our silo-bridging approach plays out on a daily basis.