Housing and Health
Housing and Health are inseparable issues, especially for children.
Legal Aid’s April Merrill, Medical/Legal Partnership Statewide Coordinator knows this all too well.
A report released January 2017 by the Community Advocacy Clinic at The University of Tulsa College of Law says it’s time to end unhealthy housing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The report’s research shows 52% of renters in Tulsa live in substandard housing.
Read the report, a product of the collaborative efforts of April Merrill, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., and students Courtney Nelbach, Preston Brasch, and Mike Shouse, here. One of several interesting conclusions of this study reveals that a state law ties the hands of code enforcement went it comes to rental property in Oklahoma. This story below, aired on the ONR on OETA-The Oklahoma Network, looks into this problem with the City of Tulsa’s Code Enforcement Department and the Tulsa City-County Health Department, as well as Legal Aid’s April Merrill.