National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is a broad, voluntary coalition of over 140 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.

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Speak Out Today! Urge Congress to Restore Funding for Lead Poisoning Prevention

The final appropriations bill for FY15 provides only $15 million for CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program—a great increase from $2 million in FY12 and FY13 but half of the $29 million level in FY11. Nearly a half-million children rely on the services of this program, which has funded state health departments (and their local partners) to monitor blood lead screening and respond to every child who had an elevated blood lead level with a home inspection and referrals for medical intervention and lead remediation. The program has also prevented the disease through housing policies, community education, and outreach.

Get involved! Sign on to the Coalition's letter calling for full appropriations funding in 2016.

Further, HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has also suffered budgetary cuts over the last several years. Along with President Obama and over 40 members of Congress, NCHH is seeking an increase to $120 million for that program.

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.

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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.