Federal Healthy Housing Strategies

The following comprehensive strategies for addressing healthy housing, asthma disparities, radon, and lead poisoning were developed by federal agencies and the Surgeon General, often jointly with health and housing experts and organizations.

Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action 
A Strategy from the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group consisting of the federal Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the number of homes with residential health and safety hazards. Read the full Advancing Healthy Housing Action Plan. [url, pdf; HUD, 2013]

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes
Describes the evidence based steps people can take protect themselves from disease, disability and injury that could result from health hazards in their houses, as well as the next steps of a society-wide, comprehensive approach to healthy homes. Read the full Call to Action. [url, pdf; NCBI, 2009]

Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities
From the Asthma Disparities Working Group of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health
Risks and Safety Risks to Children, composed of several federal agencies, to address asthma among minority populations. The Action Plan is aligned with Healthy People 2020 and supports a number of objectives across various topic areas. Read the full Asthma Disparities Action Plan. [url, pdf; EPA, 2012]

The National Radon Action Plan – A Strategy for Saving Lives
A framework aimed at incorporating radon testing, radon mitigation and radon-resistant construction into the regulatory systems governing the purchase, financing, and construction and renovation of homes. Developed by the National Radon Workgroup, a group of federal agencies and environmental health organizations. Read the full Radon Action Plan. [pdf; EPA]

Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children: A Renewed Call of Primary Prevention 
Policy and strategy recommendations from the CDC Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention; includes guidance on developing and codifying lead-safe housing practices. [url; CDC, 2012]

Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Federal Strategy Targeting Lead Paint Hazards
Outlines the interagency strategy employed by CDC, HUD, EPA, and other federal agencies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem by 2020. [url; CDC, 2000]

HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program
Voluntary preservation tool to stabilize at-risk public housing. Projects may be converted to long-term, project-based Section 8 contracts. Improves public housing properties by leveraging private and public funding to improve housing quality and address the backlog of deferred maintenance prevalent in public housing units.
[pdf; HUD]