Thirteen GHHI Partners Receive HUD Funding to Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $112 million in grants to 39 local and state government agencies and research institutions to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards.
Congratulations to both our GHHI and Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning partners who received awards: City of Atlanta, City of Chicago Department of Public Health, City of Detroit, City of Lewiston, City of Providence, City of St. Louis, District of Columbia, Erie County, Kenosha County Division of Health, Monroe County Department of Public Health, Onondaga County Community Development Division, State of Delaware Health and Social Services and The Providence Plan, totaling more than $39.4 million in funds to eliminate lead paint and other health hazards in homes across the country. 
This funding is crucial in our effort to create better health, economic and social outcomes for children nationwide. We look forward to working with our dedicated partners in the healthy homes movement.
Read the full funding report here.

Case Study: From the Hospital to Perfect School Attendance

William and Danielle have owned their 1920 single family home in Baltimore’s Winston-Govans neighborhood for nine years. They needed to repair the home for the safety of their three children, 16-year-old Ciera, 12-year-old Simone and 10-year-old Akil, but the cost was overwhelming. Several windows were painted shut, mice left droppings in the kitchen and poor insulation made it hard to keep the home warm in the winter. These issues contributed to Akil’s health—he was regularly hospitalized for severe asthma episodes, going to the hospital three times a year for a week at a time, since his birth. Danielle reached out for help online and found the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI).
Read full success story.

GHHI Helps Families

Check out GHHI's latest video. It's a great introduction to the GHHI story and the importance of a healthy home. This video features Shawana's story. To learn more about her GHHI intervention and health, social and economic outcomes, read her full success story here.

Energy Efficiency’s Non-Energy Benefits

I participated on an informative and engaging webinar panel last week on the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency. Structured like an old-fashioned salon, we reviewed and discussed current non-energy benefit research studies. This is the first webinar in a monthly series, hosted and facilitated by Elevate Energy’s and the National Housing Trust’s National Research Work Group.
As we have discovered in our intervention work with GHHI, the research discussed on the webinar also revealed that investing in energy efficiency results in more than saving energy and money; it also boosts health and safety for residents and in turn strengthens communities. Take a look at our recent success stories to see the non-energy benefits our families are reaping.
Below are links to the studies discussed. 
Keeping Warm and Staying Well. Does Home Energy Efficiency Mediate the Relationship between Socio-economic Status and the Risk of Poorer Health?
Read if you’re interested in relationships between home energy efficiency, socio‐economic status and resident health. Study reveals that energy inefficiency has a direct impact on health.
Non-Energy Benefits from the Weatherization Assistance Program: A Summary of Findings from the Recent LiteratureRead if you’re interested in a comprehensive analysis of national Low‐Income Weatherization Assistance Program’s Non‐Energy Benefits that identifies 15 non‐energy benefits down by ratepayers, utilities, low‐income households and overall societal benefits.
Healthy Energy-Efficient Housing: Using a One-Touch Approach to Maximize Public Health, Energy, and Housing Programs and PoliciesRead if you’re interested in making the case for health benefits from energy efficiency upgrades. This study advocates for streamlining energy efficiency and healthy housing rehab programs and details the health and monetary benefits of weatherization rehabs.
Housing and health: does installing heating in their homes improve the health of children with asthma?Read if you’re interested in learning how reducing dampness via energy efficiency upgrades reduces all respiratory symptoms. Study reveals reductions in school absenteeism due to energy efficiency and IAQ upgrades.
The Role of Emerging Energy-Efficient Technology in Promoting Workplace Productivity and Health: Final ReportRead if you’re interested in an organized compendium of research findings in the indoor health and productivity area for scientists and building professionals, and want to learn about the connection between improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and decreases in work absenteeism and health care costs.

Case Study: Breathing Easier—and Reducing Energy Costs

Victoria and Jerry have owned their two-story, center unit row home in Baltimore’s Belaire-Edison neighborhood since 2000. Their 12-year-old son Montez suffered from frequent asthma episodes, caused by triggers in the home stemming from mold, poor insulation, improper drainage and a broken furnace. Even though they kept their home tidy, they continued to have mice and cockroach infestations. After hearing about Montez’s recent asthma hospitalization and numerous missed school days, a neighbor recommended contacting Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore (GHHI Baltimore) for help.
Read the full success story.
 

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