February 4, 2013
At a press conference in Washington, DC this morning the leaders of the Federal Healthy Homes Workgroup announced the release of the 2013 Strategy for Advancing Healthy Housing. In it, GHHI is recognized specifically by HUD as a key partner in this work.
"We applaud the work of the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group for its vision and commitment to using housing as a platform to address the health and well-being of our most vulnerable families as articulated in the “Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action” released today,” said Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning.
“We are very pleased that HUD has recognized GHHI as a key partner in the work to inform intervention and policy strategy, particularly as it relates to the medical cost savings. Hundreds of communities across the nation are doing the evidenced-based work that is showing how the health of our homes protects the health of our children and families,” continued Norton. “And, by focusing efforts on training contractors to become partners in preventative health care, as we do through our 16 GHHI sites, we will collectively advance housing as a critical factor in our evolving health care model. We look forward to continuing to work with the Healthy Homes Work Group and all of our local and philanthropic partners to move this Strategy forward to improve the health, economic and social outcomes for children and families."