Ensuring Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness


July 10, 2020 • Webinar

Many Americans struggle to maintain a safe and healthy place to live. People who are housing insecure or experience homelessness typically have poorer physical and mental health outcomes and are at greater risk for infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other challenges.

In response, solutions such as providing short-term housing arrangements for newly released low-level criminal justice offenders to rental assistance and freezes on evictions have been put in place to reduce the risk of exposure among vulnerable populations during the pandemic. However, these short-term solutions won’t be enough. Also required are sustainable long-term programs that equitably improve opportunities for individuals to live in safe and affordable housing.

This Webinar highlights the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness. In addition, the webinar highlights what is currently being done to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify the long-term policy, system, and environmental changes that are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness.


  • Diane Yentel, MSW President and CEO
    National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Sue Pechilio Polis, Director, Health and Wellness
    National League of Cities
  • Gregory Miao, JD, MS Senior Attorney
    ChangeLab Solutions
  • Bobby Watts, MPH, MS, CPH, CEO
    National Health Care for the Homeless Council


  • Adam Lustig, MS
    Manager, Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) Trust for America's Health (TFAH)