Sumary of Structural home repairs in low-income neighborhoods linked with reduced crime rates:
- They then merged crime data – which included instances of homicide, assault, burglary, theft, robbery, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness – from the Philadelphia Police Department with BSRP data to create a database that allowed them to understand the impact of BSRP investment on crime in every block across the city over time.
- This data revealed lower instances of all crime, including homicide, on blocks with a single BSRP-repaired home compared to blocks that were eligible for a BSRP-repaired home but did not get the intervention.
- “We can now add structural home repairs to the growing list of place-based neighborhood interventions with strong evidence that they can help reduce violent crime,” said lead author Eugenia South, MD, MSHP, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Faculty Director of the Penn Urban Health Lab.
- What’s more, the health implications of violence exposure are vast and include increased depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and cardiovascular disease.
- “There is a critical need to invest in the housing stock in cities across the U.S, particularly in majority Black neighborhood that has not received such investment for far too long, if ever,” said senior author Vincent Raina PhD, an Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Economics and the Faculty Director of the Housing Initiative at Penn.
- ” John MacDonald, PhD, Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania was also an author of the study.
- The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center–which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News &
- and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.