Improving health through the home

Resources to inform local action to ensure that everyone has a home in which to start, live and work, and age well.



This guide has been written for:

  • those in the local public health system who have not previously considered the relationship between the home and their priorities for better health and wellbeing
  • those in the local public health system who understand the relationship but need easy access to information to enable them to work with others, develop capability and to enable change

This guide describes why investing in improving the home or housing circumstances may be an effective means to:

  • improving health and wellbeing
  • reducing health inequalities
  • preventing, delaying and reducing demand for health care and social care

To support and inform local action, links are provided to the main sources of data, evidence and guidance. A checklist suggests the questions that should be asked locally of commissioning plans to ensure that home, health and wellbeing are considered in all policies.

Published 10 November 2016
Last updated 3 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added link to infographics.
  2. First published.