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.

  • Click here to sign up to participate in the drive and/or add your organization’s logo to it.
  • Click here to sign a petition supporting the drive’s principles to Congress and federal agencies.
  • We’d love your feedback on the drive. Email Julie Kruse to provide feedback!

Take Action Today to Double Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Funding

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.

 

Is your representative one of the 75 who signed on to Representative Slaughter and Cicilline’s letter to increase funding for lead poisoning prevention? 

If so, please CALL AND THANK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE at 202-224-3121 today. Tell your representative: “I'm calling to thank Rep. _____________ for signing on to Representative Slaughter and Cicilline’s letter supporting CDC and HUD funding for lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes. This funding is really important to our community because....”


Are your senators two of the 24 who signed on to Senator Reed's and/or Senator Shaheen's letters to increase funding for lead poisoning prevention?  

If so, please CALL AND THANK YOUR SENATOR(S) at 202-224-3121 today. Tell your Senator(s): “I'm calling to thank Senator  _____________ for signing on to

  • Senator Reed's letter supporting CDC funding for lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes
and/or
  • Senator Shaheen's letter supporting HUD funding for lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes. 
This funding is really important to our community because….”


And THANK YOU for your phone calls and continued effort!

Why Do We Need These Funding Increases?

Increasing the CDC Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to $35 million will allow CDC to provide grants in all fifty states for surveillance to determine the extent of childhood lead poisoning, as well as provide needed prevention services.  Recent funding cuts have geographically restricted the surveillance effort and hurt local health departments in their prevention and case management efforts. Restoring funding to $35 million and surveillance nationally would enable communities to identify lead poisoning outbreaks in places like Flint early on.

We need to HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes program to $230 million annually over ten years. This is the amount the Presidential Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children recommended in its Federal Strategy Targeting Lead Paint Hazards. Specifically, $230 million over ten years will provide lead hazard screening and lead hazard control of pre-1960 housing occupied by low-income families. 

Click here to sign on to the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition letter to Congress for funding increases.

Click here to see State-Specific Healthy Housing Fact Sheets that contain a wealth of healthy housing related information and statistics useful to advocates of these funding increases nationwide.

Lead Poisoning in Flint

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 marshalled 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.

Join the Coalition

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is a broad, voluntary coalition of over 300 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.

More Actions You Can Take


Learn about What You Can Do




Visit our Five Things You can Do
campaign to create awareness and resources for healthy housing! 



Meet Your Member of Congress Locally
Invite your member of Congress to an event or to visit your program during an upcoming recess!

Upcoming recesses for Representatives, when they are home in their districts, are

    • May 2-6, 2016**
    • May 31- June 3, 2016
    • July 18 - September 6, 2016** (July 18-21, 2016 and July 25-28, 2016 are the Republican and Democratic National Conventions respectively.  Representatives will not be in-district during those dates as applicable, but after the conventions are a great time to reach out!)
    • October 1 – November 11, 2016 (Oct. 23-29, 2016 is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week!)**

** The Senate is also in recess during all of most of these periods if you’d like to invite or meet with your Senator(s).

Click here for resources to invite your members of Congress to your event or to request a meeting.



Get Creative!

Invite your community to learn more about the importance of lead poisoning prevention!

Kick off a Fundred initiative in your region.  Fundreds are a fun and simple way to raise awareness for lead poisoning prevention – and to show the world that people care!  Engage your community: partner with local schools, community centers and art organizations to host Fundred exhibits and events.  Include your local policy makers, celebrities, media and press. 

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition will connect your Fundred activities to ongoing actions and policymaker education in DC.  We will be sharing more information on how you can get involved in the Fundred project in the coming months.

You can use the fundreds to celebrate Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 23-29, 2016. 

Check out this presentation at the September NSHHC meeting - "Fundreds” – New Media, Outreach, and Education Resources around Lead Poisoning, Amanda Wiles, Operation Paydirt; [pdf] and go to fundred.org to learn more!