Homes for health

Strategies, plans, advice, and guidance about the relationship between health and the home.

These resources can help local authorities, health and social care commissioners and decision makers make plans to improve health and wellbeing through the places people live.

Commissioning for improved health through the home

Assessing local plans to include housing

As a wider determinant of health, any local plan for improved health and wellbeing must give thought to the home environment and housing circumstances: how do they impact on the population’s health and wellbeing, and what action is needed to mitigate risks?

Housing conditions and household circumstances

Suitable homes

Temperature and climate

  1. Cold weather plan for England
  2. Heatwave Plan for England
  3. Affordable Warmth and Health Impact Evaluation Toolkit

Other hazards in the home

Stable homes and ending homelessness

  1. Homeless health needs: audit toolkit
  2. Homelessness: applying All Our Health
  3. Preventing homelessness to improve health and wellbeing
  4. Tuberculosis (TB) and homelessness
  5. Tuberculosis (TB): collaborative strategy for England
  6. Tackling tuberculosis in under-served populations
  7. Commissioning inclusive health services: practical steps
  8. Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps
  9. Older people and alcohol misuse: helping people stay in their homes
  10. Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

Healthy communities and neighbourhoods

Published 31 March 2016
Last updated 29 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Fast food outlets: density by local authority in England' to healthy communities and neighbourhoods section.
  2. Updated to include new research and analysis Healthy High Streets on the environmental impact on mental health
  3. Added 'Health and environmental impact assessment: guide for local teams'.
  4. Added 'Spatial planning for health: evidence review'.
  5. Added the Improving health through the home documents.
  6. Added Smoke and carbon guidance, homelessness: applying all our health.
  7. Added Care & Repair publications.
  8. First published.