Sign the Petition: Tell Congress to End Lead Poisoning Now

NCHH and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition have released a brand-new petition telling Congress and the Administration to act to end lead poisoning. It's called "Tell Congress to End Lead Poisoning Now," and it includes the increases in funding for HUD, CDC, and EPA that are necessary to end childhood lead poisoning in five years, as well as funding for the Department of Education to support children impacted by lead. Our goal is to reach 20,000 signatures, so we need everyone to sign the petition. We also need people to share the petition.

We've also blogged about the importance of the petition.

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Share NCHH's Flood Cleanup Guide with a Friend Today

Heavy rains, tropical storms, and hurricanes have affected several locations around the United States this summer, and many more towns may be impacted over the next several weeks.

Howard County, Maryland, home to our office, was beset by heavy rains on Saturday, July 30, resulting in flash flood conditions and damage. Six inches of rain showered the town of Ellicott City, only a few miles away, over two hours. So much rain over a short period would be a struggle for any town to manage, but Ellicott City's historic district is nestled at the base of a steep valley with the Patapsco River at the bottom and the Tiber River running adjacent to Main Street. With no place for the rainwater to go but down, the Tiber overflowed, tearing up sidewalks and washing everything toward the Patapsco, which rose 14 feet that night. Several buildings were destroyed, and many others sustained damage. Many families and business owners must now determine what within their homes and businesses can be salvaged and what must be thrown away.

That's why NCHH is sharing Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Cleanup of Flooded Homes. We created this helpful guide to assist families in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; the guide illustrates how to restore salvageable belongings. With the recent storms in Maryland and the possibility of more extreme weather to come, we encourage people to print, share, and forward this flood guide to anyone who may benefit.

Two Webinars Promote Healthy Housing for Older Adults

The Health and Housing Funders' Forum and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition recently hosted webinars focusing on healthy housing for older adults, describing two successful housing-based service models (HBSMs), one in Vermont and the other in Oregon, and their importance in addressing the social determinants of health, promoting population health, and advancing healthcare systems change.

According to a rigorous independent evaluation of Vermont’s SASH model by RTI and LeadingAge, the Vermont model is reducing the rate of growth in Medicare spending significantly while improving health and access to care. In Oregon, the housing-with-services model brought together a partnership of housing development organizations, the state’s largest Medicaid insurance provider, and several nonprofit social service agencies. A study completed by Enterprise Community Partners and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) reports on Medicaid savings

The Funders' Forum webinar, Community Based Health Systems: Using Housing as a Platform, was held September 21. View the September 21, 2016, webinar recording.

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition's webinar, Healthy Housing for Older Adults: Housing as a Platform for Community Health Systems, was held June 7. View the June 7, 2016, webinar recording.

Flint and Beyond: Lead Poisoning Remains a Critical Public Health Issue

As the lead-in-water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to evolve, NCHH joins the nation in supporting the residents of Flint in their time of need. Resources must be marshaled as quickly as possible to ensure a safe water supply and provide follow-up services to address the long-term consequences of lead poisoning. We need to take the lessons from this crisis to improve our public policies so that no other communities have to experience what the residents of Flint are going through.

Due to the media attention generated by the crisis in Flint, NCHH has received many inquiries about lead poisoning and what parents can do to protect their children. Many have told us that they thought that the problem of lead was solved decades ago. The truth is that industry mined massive quantities of lead over the last century and put that lead into many products that went into our homes, including pipes and solder, paints and glazes, and other consumer products. Although lead was banned from new residential paint in 1978 and from new plumbing in 1986, residents may still be exposed to lead from products that remain in older homes. Lead was also added to gasoline for on-road use until 1996, and as vehicles burned the gas, the lead was left behind in the dust and soil in our communities.

After decades of sustained research and action, the percentage of children who have been lead-exposed is much lower than it was in the 1980s. Yet lead exposure remains a threat for far too many people.

To learn more about the issue of lead in water, the role NCHH has played in the fight against lead poisoning, and what every parent should know to protect their families from lead exposure, click here.