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Affordable, safe, and stable housing is crucial for optimum psychological development. Community Psychologists identify how discrimination and unintended policy consequences impact safety and feelings of belongingness at home. For example, a particular focus within our field is urban housing and ways in which housing options can hinder life choices as well as encourage the development of health communities. Other Community Psychologists may promote awareness of rural issues by developing communications networks.

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Importance of Social Supports to Resiliency for Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Informal supports are an important sources of resilience for low-income families who may be excluded from or are reluctant to engage with formal social systems. Social ties can help households withstand threats to their living arrangements and may be a powerful tool in disrupting pathways to behavior problems among teens.

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Double-Edged Policy? Consequences of the COVID-19-Related Eviction Moratorium

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Eviction moratoriums like the one enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic may have different consequences on housing instability. More work is needed to develop policies to protect the unstably housed in cases of natural emergencies.

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Recovery from Substance Abuse: We are as Successful as Those around Us

Posted in: Housing, Substance Use
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The social environment may be a more important influence on substance abuse recovery than previously recognized. Recovery can be strongly influenced by others with whom the recovering individual has regular social contact, whether for good or for bad.

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“Am I Doing This Right?”: Helping Housing First Clients Navigate Difficulties Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research

Posted in: Housing, Prevention Science
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Community-based participatory research and community psychology share similar values and goals to benefit to marginalized communities. CBPR is becoming increasingly common in community psychology research.

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The Neighborhood Story Project: Keeping More Than Our Homes

Posted in: Housing, Inspiration, Marginalized Groups
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Gentrification–commonly understood as the transformation of areas with high levels of affordable housing into areas targeting middle and upper income uses— provokes a range of losses.

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Oxford House Shows Promise in Maintaining Sobriety

Posted in: Housing, Mental Health, Substance Use | Tags:
When an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder has been discharged from inpatient treatment, they usually leave with an aftercare plan. Aftercare can include many options such as attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, coming in once a week to see a therapist, or moving into a recovery home.

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