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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.

Click here for a list of actions that you can take today to help secure healthy homes for all!

Participate today in the "Five Things You Can Do" grassroots campaign:
Follow these five steps to raise awareness for substandard housing issues, urge Congress to support healthy housing programs, and exchange ideas or strategies with our Coalition members.

Join the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition:
The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is a broad, voluntary coalition of over 225 organizations and 100 individuals working to promote policies for safe and healthy housing in the United States, with special emphasis on those who are disproportionately impacted. Members also identify and share best practices, new developments, research, resources, opportunities and challenges for the field of healthy housing.  Join us!

New Policy Updates

New Senate sign-on letter for the Prevention Fund and CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Senators Reed (D-RI) and Markey (D-MA) have sent a sign-on letter with ten other Senators supporting the Prevention and Public Health Fund highlighting the CDC program.  Thanks to these Senators and NSHHC Coalition members who provided stories about CDC Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning program successes to include in the letter!

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, families impacted by unhealthy housing, and NCHH joined with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter to present at House and Senate Briefings
Former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Mrs. Erma Taylor, Kelleigh Eastman, and Amanda Reddy, NCHH Director of Programs and Impact presented at House and Senate briefings on July 22, 2015 entitled:  “Health and Educational Disparities for Communities of Color:  the Secret Culprit.”

Congresswoman Slaughter spoke passionately of the urgent need to address housing as a determinant of health. Kelleigh described how she was lead poisoned as a child and Mrs. Taylor described the impact of home health hazards on her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s asthma. Dr. Elders spoke of the fight to end lead poisoning through prevention, and Amanda Reddy spoke about combating asthma through home services.

Representatives Louise Slaughter, Mike Honda, Raúl Grijalva, and Senator Cory Booker (above) co-hosted the briefings attended by over forty Congressional staff and visitors.

NCHH Policy Director Julie Kruse, Mrs. Erma Taylor, Kelleigh Eastman, Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, and NCHH Director of Programs and Impact Amanda Reddy at the Capitol.

Featured Policy

What’s the Status of Federal Funding for Healthy Homes?  See current Congressional proposals for funding for critical CDC and HUD programs, and what you can do to support funding.

State and Local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs: The Impact of Federal Public Health Funding Cuts. This report shows the devastating impact of funding cuts and the need to restore full funding.

National Healthy Housing Standard. The National Healthy Housing Standard is a vital tool for improving your local housing code!  The Standard provides new, science-based minimum performance standards for a safe and healthy home. It bridges the health and building code communities by putting modern public health information into housing code parlance.

Issue Brief: Childhood Lead Exposure and Educational Outcomes.  This issue brief provides critical arguments for the need to finish the fight against lead poisoning. A shorter version of this brief is also available: At a Glance: Childhood Lead Exposure and Educational Outcomes

Preventing Lead Exposure in US Children: A Blueprint for Action. This report describes the actions that government, advocates, and the private sector must take to protect children from a disease that affects over a half-million children.

2013 State of Healthy Housing. A Comparison of the health of housing in 45 metropolitan areas across the U.S.  How does your city rank? 

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