National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is a broad, voluntary coalition of over 225 organizations working to improve housing conditions nationwide through education and outreach to key national stakeholders and federal public decision-makers. The Coalition promotes policies for safe and healthy housing in the United States, with special emphasis on those who are disproportionately impacted.

Join the Find It, Fix It, Fund It Action Drive to Eliminate Lead Poisoning!

The National Center for Healthy Housing and the steering committee of the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition are thrilled to announce the release of Find it, Fix It, Fund It, a bold new action drive to eliminate lead poisoning.

Please join the drive.

  • Click here to sign up to participate in the drive and/or add your organization’s logo to it.
  • Check the box for the Find It, Fix It, Fund It Lead Elimination Action Drive Workgroup, and we’ll send you details on the first workgroup webinar, scheduled to occur May 25, 2016, at 1 p.m. EST.
  • Click here to sign a petition supporting the drive’s principles in to Congress and federal agencies.
  • Click here to see the declaration supporting the Find It, Fix It, Fund It principles signed by the over 300 attendees at the Lead and Healthy Housing Conference on May 5, 2016.
  • We’d love your feedback on the drive. Email me at jkruse@nchh.org to provide feedback!

Upcoming NSHHC Webinar to Feature Healthy Housing for Older Adults

Join us for the next NSHHC quarterly webinar featuring healthy housing for older adults on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Click here for additional information, and click here to register today!

Read about Hill Day 2016

Healthy Housing Hill Day was February 10, 2016, in Washington, DC 

Annually, NSHHC’s Hill Day works to raise the profile of healthy homes issues and recommend full funding for three crucially important federal programs - CDC's Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, and CDC's National Asthma Control Program.

Having constituents on hand to share their personal experiences with home-based hazards, describe the work they conduct for healthy homes programs, or explain the ways that healthy homes programs have helped them in the state and/or district they represent, is what truly personalizes the issue for members of Congress. You are the people your member of Congress represents and cares deeply about; hearing from you is what really matters. 

Stay tuned for a report from our February 10, 2016, Hill Day in Washington, DC!

Join Our Advocacy Efforts Today

It’s not too late - sign on TODAY to double federal lead poisoning prevention funding!
The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition’s sign-on letter to Congress for federal lead poisoning prevention funding increases was recently sent to over 200 Hill staff.  This year’s letter had over 140 signatories and it’s not too late to add more.  We’ll be reposting the letter online with new signatories periodically and resending it to the Hill in the fall.  Click here to sign on today.

Read more about appropriations.

Read about Hill Day 2015

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition organized a Hill Day on March 17, 2015 as part of its campaign to restore funding for HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Health Homes and the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program and Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program. Twenty advocates from across the country participated in the Hill Day, conducting 15 meetings with Senate offices and 20 meetings with House offices. For more details about Hill Day 2015, click here.

What’s Involved in Participating

Quarterly Coalition meetings offer updates on progress with the Policy Agenda and allied efforts and usually feature a guest speaker on a topic related to the Coalition’s policy priorities. Regular email communications are sent to all Coalition members, often with action items for consideration. One meeting every other year is designated the “biennial meeting” for elections and other Coalition business.

The main methods for advancing the agenda of the Coalition are through the workgroups and individual advocacy. Workgroup membership is open to all Coalition members; get involved by contacting their chairpersons or assigned staff. Workgroups function through conference calls, with DC-area members and staff attending in-person meetings in Washington, DC, as needed.  

Joining the Coalition is free. The Coalition seeks member organizations that represent the diversity of the safe and healthy housing community, will contribute to and support the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition policy agenda, and will actively help to achieve the purpose and goals of the Coalition. More than one person from an organization can receive email, but there should be a designated representative and alternate from each organizational member. The Coalition also welcomes individual members who are not affiliated with a member organization.

Ready to join the Coalition? Sign up. If you have any questions about membership, please contact Julie Kruse.

How the Coalition Works

The Coalition adopts an annual policy agenda and participates in allied efforts as opportunities arise. The Coalition’s work groups, which conduct activities in support of the policy agenda, are organized around legislative priorities, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act issues, and codes and standards. The work group leaders communicate with the Coalition’s steering committee and the Coalition coordinator; facilitate work group meetings; provide direction to develop goals, objectives, and action plans; and engage in active and ongoing communication with work group participants to fulfill the work group’s objectives.

A 12-15 member steering committee provides leadership and direction to the Coalition and takes positions or make statements on its behalf. Member organizations may request that their names not be listed on any Coalition statements. As the fiscal and administrative agent for the Coalition, NCHH serves as the Coalition coordinator and plans Coalition meetings with input from the steering committee.