Latino communities benefit from ARCHES program addressing housing, climate, and health issues

Latino communities benefit from ARCHES program addressing housing, climate, and health issues

The Arizona Research Center for Housing Equity and Sustainability (ARCHES) program has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address housing issues in the Hispanic community. The program, funded with $3 million, will be based at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the University of Arizona. It will focus on the intersection of housing, climate, and health among Hispanics and other underserved communities.

Alison Cook-Davis, Co-Director of ARCHES, and Deirdre Pfeiffer, an Associate Professor at ASU, are leading the program. Pfeiffer emphasized the need for housing equity in Hispanic communities in Arizona, highlighting the lower rate of Hispanic homeownership compared to non-Hispanic Whites in the state. Research partners also include Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico.

The research will explore housing discrimination, language barriers, and environmental factors affecting Hispanic communities, particularly in underserved areas where higher heat temperatures have been recorded. The impact of housing on health and financial disparities due to energy costs will be a key focus of the research.

Other areas of study will include the materials used in home construction, the location of homes in relation to healthcare facilities and food sources, and their impact on overall well-being. The ARCHES program aims to address the housing needs of Hispanic communities and improve housing equity and sustainability in Arizona.

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