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Severe housing problems

Severe Housing Problems is the percentage of households with at least one or more of the following housing problems:

  1. housing unit lacks complete kitchen facilities;
  2. housing unit lacks complete plumbing facilities;
  3. household is severely overcrowded; or
  4. household is severely cost burdened.

Severe overcrowding is defined as more than 1.5 persons per room. Severe cost burden is defined as monthly housing costs (including utilities) that exceed 50% of monthly income.

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Reason for Ranking

Good health depends on having homes that are safe and free from physical hazards. When adequate housing protects individuals and families from harmful exposures and provides them with a sense of privacy, security, stability and control, it can make important contributions to health. In contrast, poor quality and inadequate housing contributes to health problems such as infectious and chronic diseases, injuries and poor childhood development. 

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