King County Healthy Homes Demonstration Project

Project Funder:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Project Partners:
King County Housing Authority (KCHA); Neighborhood House (NH); Public Health – Seattle & King County; Highline School District (HSD); Puget Sound Educational District (Head Start)

Project Contact:
Jill Breysse, jbreysse@nchh.org, 443.539.4155

Project Description:

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is providing evaluation and data analysis, partner training, and quality assurance for this study initiated by King County Housing Authority (KCHA). The primary goal of this project is to reduce asthma triggers in the homes of approximately 60 low-income households within the Highline School District area, an ethnically diverse, primarily low-income area in southwest King County, Washington and observe the effectiveness of such reductions. Partnerships among six organizations allow researchers to provide both housing remediation and family educational interventions.

The project reduces household health hazards in the homes of families who have children with moderate to severe asthma and provides those families with public health educational services designed to improve their quality of life, as well as structural remediation designed to weatherize home and reduce asthma triggers and household health hazards such as those associated with burns and falls. The study incorporates two innovative strategies through its use of schools and Head Start Centers as initial point of contact for families to be served and the addition of actual physical remediation to the homes where asthma has been identified as a problem to test the effectiveness of such remediation in combination with education. This program, if successful, will provide replicable strategies to help HUD’s Healthy Homes Program meet the ambitious national goals that have been established.

NCHH will conduct two major evaluations: (1) An evaluation of the health impacts of weatherization plus health education versus health education alone through a comparison of the current study’s asthma outcome data with data that Public Health Seattle-King County collected during a previous study of the impact of health education alone on asthma outcomes; and (2) A comparison of the health of the enrolled asthmatic children before weatherization and education services were provided with the health of the same children approximately one year after the family receives home weatherization and health education.