History and Mission

About the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that develops, implements, and promotes programs and policies to eradicate childhood lead poisoning and further the creation of healthy homes. The Coalition was founded in 1986 as Parents Against Lead, a grassroots volunteer effort. Today, the Coalition is a nationally recognized policy, advocacy and direct service organization headquartered in Baltimore. The organization also provides advisory services to organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Council on Foundations, the US Conference of Mayors and numerous cities and nonprofit organizations.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative was charged in 2008 by the Council on Foundations and the White House Office of Recovery to lead the national efforts to integrate lead hazard control, healthy homes, and weatherization and energy efficiency work. This project later became the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative; directed by the Coalition that addresses the health and energy efficiency needs of a home through a holistic intervention model. 

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Mission

The Coalition is committed to the creation of resources, programs, and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning and home-based environmental health hazards. We work in collaboration with families, community organizations, educators, government agencies, insurers, property owners, and health care providers to construct real, attainable and cost-effective means to create lead-safe and healthy homes. The Coalition is dedicated to the primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning and the creation of healthy home environments that eradicate environmental and social injustices and result in healthier children, better school performance, the revitalization of our housing stock and more productive communities.

Vision

To end childhood lead poisoning and create Healthy Homes so that every child may grow up to reach his or her full potential.

Capacity

Founded in Baltimore in 1986 as Parents Against Lead, the Coalition the End Childhood Lead Poisoning has grown into a national leader advancing the mission to break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. Its commitment and innovative work over the last several decades has fueled significant changes in public policy and funding to support the creation of green, healthy and safe homes in older, lower income neighborhoods. Its ground breaking national work in systems change, technical assistance and public policy remains strongly tied to and informed by its service programs in Baltimore, Maryland and Providence, Rhode Island.

Certified by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations as a “Standards of Excellence” organization, the Coalition has directly and successfully managed more than $50 million dollars in federal, state and local government contracts as well as grants from national and local foundations. Nationally, the Coalition has been instrumental in directly raising more than $250,000,000 to support it partners in 20 states.

The Coalition provides a broad range of client services, including family advocacy, case management, public awareness & training, legal services, compliance assistance, and lead hazard reduction. The organization has established a track record of innovation by creating and implementing successful programs which have been replicated nationally.

As the creator of the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI), the Coalition has forged new partnerships and created innovative programs to improve the delivery of services and ensure the efficient use of resources to reduce lead poisoning (in Maryland by 98%), asthma and injury in low income housing while improving energy efficiency. Since 1994, the Coalition has developed 27 pieces of successful legislation to set standards for enforcement, prevention and education. Through this work, the Coalition continues its mission to end lead poisoning while helping to create a new way of doing business that looks at housing as an integral factor in the health of families and communities.

Are you a tenant in Maryland? 

If you’re a Maryland resident seeking more information on your rights as a tenant, you can read more here, or contact the Coalition at marylandprograms@ghhi.org or 410-534-6447.

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Contact us

Contact the GHHI National Program Office for more information on the Initiative and how to bring the green and healthy housing movement to your city. Call 410-534-6447 for more information or send your questions to info@ghhi.org.