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March 11, 2015
The Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) initiative has the potential to change the way government serves the public. It’s a new approach to funding social outcomes and addressing some of the country’s most pressing challenges across the SIF’s three priority areas: economic opportunity, youth development and healthy futures. As an inaugural grantee of the SIF’s PFS program, it allows GHHI to continue to lead the national effort in increasing the stock of affordable, healthy housing by exploring the feasibility of asthma-related Pay for Success projects benefitting low-income, asthmatic children.
Today we’re excited to announce our Pay for Success service recipients who will advance and evaluate new models of funding home-based interventions that produce measurable outcomes such as reduced hospitalizations, reduced emergency department visits and less missed school days.
In 2014, GHHI received $1.011M from SIF, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to help address childhood asthma by finding effective interventions and mobilizing public and private resources. So why did we engage in Pay for Success?
It’s innovative. Instead of paying for permitted activities, private healthcare payors pay for demonstrated results. This gives organizations the chance to bring proven interventions to scale.
It’s evidence-based. Investors are repaid once a rigorous, third-party evaluation determines that the program has achieved outcomes agreed upon by all parties.
It’s cost-effective. Preventative services are often the first to be cut from government budgets, even though remedial and emergency services are more expensive in the long run. By directing funds to preventive services, Pay for Success transactions have the potential to generate long-term savings for taxpayers.
It’s collaborative. By establishing public-private partnerships, Pay for Success transactions mobilize new sources of capital and minimize the financial risk to taxpayers. Social interventions benefit from additional funding, and “impact investors” and other private and philanthropic organizations can marry financial goals and public good.
I invite you to learn more about our service recipients, and the work we are doing together to break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. With a healthy home free of asthma triggers, the opportunities for families can only increase—children are in the classroom ready to learn and parents are able to work.
September 30, 2014
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.
May 28, 2013
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it awarded $98 million in grants to protect children from lead and other home-based health hazards. GHHI sites in Salt Lake, San Antonio and Baltimore County all received funding. Rhode Island Housing, a GHHI network partner, also received a grant. More information on the grant via a HUD press release is below.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $98.3 million in grants to 38 local projects to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards (see chart below).
The grant funding announced today will clean up lead paint hazards and other health hazards in 6,373 high-risk homes, train workers in lead-safe work practices, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood.
“Childhood lead poisoning is completely preventable and that’s exactly what these funds are designed to do,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones. “The communities receiving these grants are helping their children grow up brighter, safer and healthier.”
“These grant awards demonstrate that a priority for HUD is providing healthy and safe homes for families and children,” noted Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “HUD is committed to protecting children from the hazards that can be caused by deteriorated lead paint, and by the mold that follows moisture intruding into the home, as part of the Department’s efforts to make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”
These grant programs of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promote local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint. A complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today can be found on HUD’s website.
Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs
Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.
The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. These funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. To expand the reach of HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program. HUD is also providing over $4.4 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.
The state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced is available here.