What is GHHI?

GHHI Delivers:

  • Government innovation in service delivery and cost savings
  • Measurable improvements in health, economic and social outcomes for children and families
  • Development of community-based green jobs
  • Healthy, safe and affordable homes
  • Family economic security

GHHI Results to Date

Many of the GHHI sites have already begun pulling together resources and developing the infrastructure needed to implement the GHHI. The benefits of the GHHI are both practical and sustainable. The results to date are compelling:

1. Improved Health and Safety:

  • GHHI interventions dramatically reduced the incidents of severe asthma; reduced emergency room visits, hospitalizations and doctor visits, and school absences;
  • Emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthmatic episodes have been dramatically reduced

2. Energy Efficiency:

  • In analysis to date of units in Baltimore, GHHI interventions have resulted in an average savings of $403 per year in first year savings.

3. Increased Access to Resources:

  • The cost savings for the integrated (versus separate) housing interventions have saved 20-25 percent, thereby creating a process that can effectively address health-safety-and energy improvements in every fifth (5th) house for free;
  • Cost savings are also being achieved from an integrated approach that reduces travel time, site preparation, duplication of efforts, and other inefficiencies that drive up costs when multiple contractors are used to perform multiple interventions in a single home;
  • Through a coordinated intake process, comprehensive assessment and integrated interventions, families have access to a full complement of financial and programmatic resources needed to make improvements for improved health, safety, and energy usage in the home.

4. Workforce Development:

  • Creating jobs and training the next generation of “green” workers is a fundamental focus of GHHI. With a grant from the Open Society Foundations’ Poverty Alleviation Fund, GHHI has provided funding to nine sites to provide training programs and job placement services for under-employed and unemployed workers and formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Open Society Foundation Workforce Development Grantees:
    Atlanta
    Buffalo
    Chicago
    Cleveland
    Detroit
    Flint
    Oakland
    Philadelphia
    Providence
  • To date, nearly 1480 persons have been trained in green and healthy assessment and intervention, enabling them to hold sustainable jobs with healthcare benefits.
  • Findings across sites note that wages of under-employed individuals engaged in GHHI training have seen wage increases from $9.00 to $15 to $22 per hour (with the addition for most of benefits). Additional skills prepare workers to be able to compete in the emerging green housing rehabilitation market.
  • Worker skills developed through GHHI include among others:
  • Weatherization Tech and Auditor/BPI Energy Auditor;
  • Lead Hazard Control;
  • Healthy Housing Technician/Worker;
  • Housing Code Compliance and rehabilitation;
  • Skills development (math, database, scope writing and customer relations)

Media Inquiries

For more information about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, or to arrange an interview with our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Norton, members of the media should contact:

Sarah Kinling, Communications & Marketing Specialist, at 410.534.6447 or skinling@ghhi.org.

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.