No family should have to choose between affordable and healthy housing. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury.
Healthy housing is receiving considerable attention from public health professionals and policy-makers as a result of emerging scientific evidence linking health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to substandard housing.
There are more than 5.2 million substandard housing units nationwide. As a result, there is a growing need for preventing the public health problems stemming from these units. Even newer, more expensive homes may have hazards lurking within. Creating healthier housing promotes the healthy growth and development of children and has the potential to save billions in health care costs.