Call for Papers

Symposium on Housing and Health


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Policy Development & Research invites paper submissions for a symposium in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research on topics related to the link between housing and health.

Housing is an important social determinant of individual and population health due to a range of factors including, but not limited to, housing affordability, neighborhood location, and physical conditions. Housing policies, including housing vouchers, project-based housing, inclusionary zoning, place-based initiatives, and the like may have intended and unintended health consequences. The relationships between housing and health, and ways to leverage housing as a platform for health, remain incompletely understood.

Papers accepted for the Cityscape Housing and Health Symposium must be well-organized, original contributions. A range of topics at varying units of analysis will be considered including, but not limited to—

  • National epidemiological studies (for example, using national health survey data to examine the link between housing assistance and healthcare utilization).
  • Local intervention studies (for example, the impact of smokefree policies on a multifamily unit or the evaluation of a health promotion program using public housing as the intervention site).
  • Environmental studies (for example, the impact of lead remediation programs or the overlap of large multiunit structures with Superfund sites).
  • The impact and implications of policy (for example, how federally qualified health centers can collaborate with housing agencies or how public health entities are strategically addressing health and housing).

Submit a brief (100- to 300-word) abstract describing the proposed article by September 30, 2017. Each abstract will be peer reviewed and, if the abstract is approved, authors will be invited to submit a full manuscript for consideration under a rigorous review process. Full manuscripts will be due December 15, 2017. Direct abstracts and questions to guest editors Veronica Helms (HUD social science analyst; veronica.e.helms@hud.gov) and Craig Pollack (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, associate professor of medicine; cpollac2@jhmi.edu).

The HUD Office of Policy Development and Research publishes Cityscape, a scholarly journal, three times a year. See the HUD User website for more information and past issues: huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscape.html.