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April 14, 2017

Sign On: To Push the EPA to Reverse Funding Cuts for Lead Poisoning Prevention

Join Us in Taking Action:

The Trump Administration and the EPA are calling for alarming cuts that will undermine the progress made towards ending lead poisoning in the United States.

April 13, 2017

STATEMENT: Putting Kids in Harm’s Way: EPA Seeks to Eliminate Funding for Lead Poisoning Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2017
Contact: Hannah Burke (202) 276-2410 hburke@ghhi.org

January 10, 2017

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives Grant to Advance Salt Lake Asthma Pay for Success Project

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), along with partners University of Utah Health Plans and Salt Lake County Office of Regional Development, is a proud recipient of a sub-grant from Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) totaling $200,264. 

November 15, 2016

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives Federal Grant to Build Pay for Success Field

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) announced that it has received a federal grant from the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service totaling $1.77 Million.

October 24, 2016

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Kicks-Off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Cities Across U.S.

October 24th, 2016, Baltimore, MD – Today the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) kicked off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week events at its sites across the country to raise awareness of lead poisoning and launched its national campaign to end childhood lead poison

October 24, 2016

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Kicks-Off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Maryland

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week highlights the importance of testing children and the homes they live in 

October 6, 2016

Healthy Home Evaluator Credential Launches Nationally

GHHI Partnered with Building Performance Institute to Develop Certification

September 26, 2016

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives $1.8 Million Foundation Grant to Expand Effective “Pay for Success” Program

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant will double the number of cities developing home-based interventions to reduce asthma among children from low-income families

September 6, 2016

HUD Announces Proposed New Lead Safe Housing Rule

HUD's step forward aligns and supports the GHHI National Strategic Plan - a Blueprint for Action, released this summer 

July 21, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi Awarded $1.2 million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

June 16, 2016

Syracuse Mayor Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact for the Greater Syracuse Area

Syracuse, NY - Today, Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County representatives signed a compact supporting efforts to make the Greater Syracuse area a leader in healthy homes.

June 13, 2016

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Partnership Recognized by CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE AMERICA

 316,000 low income homes made healthy, safe and energy efficient  

April 5, 2016

Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives BPI's 2016 Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) honored Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative by naming her the 2016 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, at the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Austin, Texas.

March 14, 2016

GHHI & BPI Introduce the Healthy Home Evaluator Credential

This spring the Building Performance Institute, Inc.

October 26, 2015

‘Your Green & Healthy Home’ App Debuts during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to Reduce Home Hazards and Keep Families Healthier

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) today announced the release of an important new tool for families, Your Healthy Green & Home app, which will help make homes healthier and safer. The announcement came at a Baltimore event kicking off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week hosted by GHHI and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

August 25, 2015

Federal, Nonprofit and Baltimore City Leaders Call for Making Homes Healthier to Help Children Thrive and Succeed in School

At a back-to-school event hosted by the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro joined Baltimore City officials and major philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to call for more action to make homes healthier and safer, giving children better opportunities to stay healthy and succeed in school.

May 19, 2015

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Selects Service Providers to Participate in Asthma-Related Pay for Success Projects

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success program, and its collaboration partner Calvert Foundation, selected five service providers to participate in regional Pay for Success (PFS) projects. These awardees, selected by GHHI through a national competition, will work in collaboration with local health care organizations to conduct feasibility studies of PFS models that fund home-based asthma interventions, including remediation of asthma triggers and resident education. 

May 13, 2015

Rhode Island Foundation Recognizes the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative with Best Practice Award for Collaboration

The Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence honored the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Rhode Island (GHHI Rhode Island) for its leadership role in establishing the Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes (the Alliance). GHHI Rhode Island has been successful in bringing together a broad partnership of housing, health and energy providers from across the state to produce an integrated housing assessment and intervention delivery model that better serves low income families.

May 7, 2015

EPA Awards Green & Healthy Homes Initiative the 2015 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore (GHHI Baltimore) and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital CHAMPS Program in Memphis, Tenn. with the 2015 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. This award recognizes organizations that offer comprehensive, in-home interventions and innovative asthma education to improve the lives of people with asthma in underserved communities. 

March 11, 2015

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Selects Five Healthcare Organizations for Pay for Success Projects

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success program, and its collaboration partner Calvert Foundation, announced the selection of five service recipients to receive support to explore promising Pay for Success (PFS) projects benefitting low-income, asthmatic children.These funds will provide capacity building assistance to advance and evaluate new models of funding home-based interventions that produce measurable outcomes such as, reducing asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits and missed school days.

October 27, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives Grant from The JPB Foundation

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) received a grant from The JPB Foundation to scale the work and impact of GHHI nationally. GHHI’s work has been proven to improve health, economic and social outcomes for low-income families through whole-home interventions and resident education. This expansion will enable GHHI to assist 300,000 families (18,000 will be from Maryland) by 2017. 25,000 of those families will take part in a study to evaluate the outcomes of a whole-home intervention. This three-year grant will also provide funding to develop recommendations to drive a national standard for the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient homes.

October 23, 2014

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Announces $500,000 Grant to Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to Keep Rhode Island Families Healthy, Safe & Warm

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) today at a press conference to announce a $500,000 grant from the Attorney General’s office to help address energy efficiency, weatherization and indoor air quality issues in the homes of low income families across Rhode Island. This grant will attract and leverage additional private and public sources of funding to address health and safety hazards present in those same homes. GHHI will also provide job development opportunities in Rhode Island’s most distressed neighborhoods, recruiting and training residents to make whole-home assessments and rehabilitations.

October 20, 2014

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: Oct. 19-25

Today the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), formerly known as the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, kicked off a week-long series of events for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). The goal is to educate Maryland families, educators, caregivers, contractors, property owners, landlords and public health workers about the dangers associated with lead poisoning and methods of prevention. 

October 1, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives $1.011M Federal Investment to Support Pay for Success Projects

The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) today announced that Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), formerly known as the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, received $1.011 million in investments, the results of a highly competitive open grant competition. Announced at an event co-hosted by the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, SIF and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, the investment aims to advance and evaluate emerging models that align payment for social services with verified social outcomes. This award to GHHI and its collaboration partner, the Calvert Foundation, will assess feasibility of asthma-related Pay for Success (PFS) projects benefitting low-income children who suffer from the disease.

September 12, 2014

Local Healthy Housing Groups Launch Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes

Local healthy housing groups announced the launch of Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes (RIAHH) with the goals of raising awareness about the costly impact of unhealthy housing and providing cross-sector coordination of education, resources and services among state, city and community-based service organizations. RIAHH has undergone an intensive year-long planning process engaging more than 80 organizations and 55 college students. Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national leader on healthy housing with 17 sites around the country, will lead RIAHH’s day-to-day management. The launching of RIAHH marks GHHI’s first expansion to a state-wide model. With this expansion, GHHI Providence will now be known as GHHI Rhode Island.

July 24, 2014

Lansing Partnership Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

Local government and community partners signed an agreement today designed to boost efforts in Lansing, Michigan to improve health, economic and social outcomes for families, children and seniors. By signing the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative® (GHHI®) Compact, the partners formalized the city’s joint commitment to work toward the implementation of an integrated system that will deliver housing intervention programs for Lansing residents living in energy inefficient, unhealthy and unsafe housing. GHHI has proven to be an effective model of service delivery to families in need by lowering incidents of asthma and lead poisoning and improving children’s and families’ ability to thrive.

July 22, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives $3.3 Million State of Maryland Contract to Expand Services

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has received a $3.3 million contract from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as part of its Weatherization Plus Lead Hazard Services Program. Through this contract, GHHI will begin offering healthy home interventions to low income residents in counties surrounding Baltimore City.

June 4, 2014

Lewiston Auburn Partnership Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

More than 14 government and community partners signed an agreement today designed to boost efforts in Lewiston and Auburn (LA) to improve health, economic and social outcomes for families, children and seniors. By signing the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative® (GHHI®) Compact, the partners formalized the cities’ joint commitment to work toward the implementation of an integrated system that will deliver housing intervention programs for Lewiston and Auburn residents living in energy inefficient, unhealthy and unsafe housing.

April 17, 2014

Salt Lake Awarded Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Challenge Grant

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has awarded a $100,000 Challenge Grant to Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Salt Lake (GHHI Salt Lake) to match contributions from several local organizations including Sorenson Legacy Foundation ($65,000), Wells Fargo Bank ($50,000), Steiner Foundation ($40,000), Larry H. Miller & Gail Miller Family Foundation ($25,000), The George S. and Delores Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation ($20,000) and Teleperformance ($18,000). 

April 7, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives Maryland Energy Administration Grant to Support Baltimore City Interventions

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) announced it has been awarded a $167,957 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) as part of its 2014 EmPOWERing Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program. This grant will enable GHHI to produce a projected 45 energy efficiency interventions in 2014 for low income Baltimore City residents whose incomes are 85 percent or less of the median income limit established for Baltimore City.

October 24, 2013

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Events Highlight Progress, Need for Continued Efforts

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (formerly known as the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning) today joined with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, state and local leaders, and parents of children poisoned by lead to call attention to the ongoing efforts to eradicate this tragic and costly disease.

April 30, 2013

GHHI Awarded $400,000 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Support Work in Jackson, Miss.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) today announced it has received a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, based in Battle Creek, Mich. to catalyze the organization’s work in Jackson, Miss.

April 4, 2013

GHHI Responds to CDC Report on Blood Lead Levels in Children Aged 1-5 Years - United States, 1999-2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In it, the CDC discussed its findings on Blood Lead Levels in children.  It confirmed what we all know well – there is no safe level of lead and prevention is the only cure.

February 6, 2013

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Website Wins Two IMA Best in Class Awards

The Interactive Media Awards™ (IMA) this week recognized the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) website, and its developer, Visceral, with two Best in Class awards. GHHI placed first out of 239 entries in the “Nonprofit” category, and first out of 49 entries in “Natural Environment/Green” category.

January 29, 2013

GHHI Featured in Trust for America's Health "Healthier America" Report

This week the work of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) was featured prominently in two national health publications. The articles showcase the organization’s longstanding advocacy for healthy housing and its work to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

December 6, 2012

WegoWise Partners with Green & Healthy Homes Initiative in Baltimore

WegoWise, a leading building performance analytics provider, today announced the successful deployment of a pilot program with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) to track and benchmark energy data in Baltimore area homes. Through their collaboration, WegoWise and GHHI have identified significant utility savings for low-income residents in the city and county as a result of integrated energy efficiency and health and safety improvements performed in homes in the GHHI program.

October 24, 2012

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Event Highlights Progress, Need for Continued Efforts

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, a time set aside every year to raise awareness about the threat that lead poisoning still poses to our children and our communities. Today at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), joined by local, state and members of Congress, highlighted the progress that has been made to reduce childhood lead poisoning but the work that still needs to be done to eradicate this completely preventable and tragic disease.

August 22, 2012

Mayor Johnson Brings Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to Jackson

Mayor Harvey Johnson today announced the launch of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in the City of Jackson. Jackson joins 14 other cities nationally that have received GHHI designation, which works to ensure that all housing intervention programs meet a healthy, energy efficient and safe standard to promote better health, economic and social outcomes for children and families from low income neighborhoods.

June 27, 2012

Mayor Nutter Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

Mayor Michael Nutter signed an agreement yesterday designed to boost Philadelphia’s efforts to make the city a leader in the green economy. By signing the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Compact, the mayor formalized the city’s commitment to work toward the implementation of an integrated system to deliver healthy housing programs for vulnerable families and children in Philadelphia.

June 24, 2012

Mayor Vidal Signs Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal signed an agreement today supporting the City and County of Denver’s efforts to make the city a leader in the green economy. By signing the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Compact, the mayor formalized the city’s commitment to become one of 15 sites around the nation participating in the GHHI initiative.

June 7, 2012

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Highlighted at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national program of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), today gained significant national recognition at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) annual conference in Chicago where it was featured as an innovative solution to address the nation’s housing crisis. The GHHI ‘Commitment to Action’ was presented to the members of the CGI America Housing Recovery Working Group, charged with propelling cross-sector approaches to respond to the complex challenges surrounding distressed residential properties.

May 19, 2011

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins National and Regional Leaders in Signing Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined regional and national advocates for healthy, safe and energy efficient households in the signing of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact for the City of Baltimore. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is designed as a comprehensive approach to offer integrated health, safety, lead hazard reduction, energy efficiency, and weatherization interventions in low to moderate income homes. GHHI was designed by the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition) with support from the Council on Foundations to lead engagement with the White House Office of Recovery Implementation and other federal agencies efforts to align healthy homes with the increased investment in energy efficiency and weatherization.

May 19, 2011

Maryland First to Adopt National Lead Dust Testing Standard

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning today praised Governor Martin O'Malley for once again standing up to protect Maryland's children by signing House Bill 1033, which makes lead dust testing mandatory for all of Maryland's older rental properties. The legislation will ensure that children are protected in older rental housing from the dangers of childhood lead poisoning, regardless of socioeconomic status or the neighborhoods in which they live.

January 14, 2011

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Receives Major Grant from Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) have made a $3.2 million dollar grant to support the national work of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a major public-private partnership that is creating greener, safer and healthier homes, and generating new green-sector jobs in low income communities.

October 28, 2010

Statement on National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2010

About a decade ago, national leaders and federal agencies set out a goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a major public health hazard by 2010. This Year's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Week reminds us that while we have made enormous progress toward this goalthe job is far from done. So, together, we must redouble our efforts to deliver on the promise we have made to America's children.

July 27, 2006

Dramatic decline in lead poisoned children continues

Today, the Maryland Department of the Environment released figures showing that childhood lead poisoning has decreased by 96% in Baltimore City and 94% in Maryland since 1993. The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (the Coalition) has lead a partnership of State agencies(MDE, DHMH, DHCD), local health departments, and community organizations for twenty years to help produce this nation leading reduction. In 1993, there were over 1,850 children lead poisoned annually in Baltimore City. In 2005, there were only 70 lead poisoned children in Baltimore City.

 

 

media inquiries

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

Alex Zappetti at 443-842-5713 or azappetti@ghhi.org