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. The grant funds will support the establishment and operation of a local GHHI office and Project Coordinator (GHHI Outcome Broker) to develop a sustainable system to integrate environmental health and housing intervention programs throughout the city.

Through this grant, GHHI will increase access to greener, healthier, and more affordable homes in Jackson and the region that yield reductions in energy costs and housing-related injuries and illnesses such as asthma and lead poisoning for families, children and seniors. GHHI will also build a pathway to community-based green and healthy housing rehabilitation jobs.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded this important funding from the Kellogg Foundation that will enable us to launch our work in the region and invest in the future of the residents of Jackson,” said Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of GHHI. “It will support greatly our ability to deliver integrated and collaborative health and housing services and ensure that children are healthier, families are safer, and seniors are better able to age in place.”

Jackson is the 16th city nationally to implement GHHI and begin integrating health and housing programs to better serve its community.  Through the GHHI approach, Jackson residents will be able to experience the health improvements and cost savings that have taken place in sites across the country. In Baltimore, for example, residents served by GHHI have experienced a 67 percent decrease in emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and average annual energy cost savings of more than $400 per household.

“The Kellogg Foundation is committed to working with community partners that strive to create a better future for Mississippi’s children,” remarked William Buster, director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs. “We share a common goal with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s effort to see that children and families have a healthy and safe place to live.”

“The level of commitment the Kellogg Foundation has shown to the City of Jackson is remarkable, and we appreciate their support of this very important initiative,” said Mayor Harvey Johnson, City of Jackson. “The funding awarded for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiatives is so very important in our continuing efforts to provide energy efficient, healthy and safe homes for Jackson families and children.”

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (founded by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning) replaces stand-alone programs with a comprehensive strategy to improve health, economic and social outcomes for children, families and seniors through a proven integrated housing intervention framework. GHHI is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Energy, and national and local philanthropies.

GHHI manages local direct services programs in Baltimore, MD that include green and healthy housing interventions, training programs, and relocation, legal, and education services. Nationally, the organization is a leading provider of public policy and technical assistance services to government agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropy to support effective and efficient implementation of programs and policies that create energy efficient, healthy and safe homes.

Currently, there are 16 GHHI sites nationally: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Dubuque, Flint, Jackson, New Haven, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, Salt Lake, and San Antonio. The organization plans to add 25 new sites over the next three years.

Visit www.ghhi.org to learn more about the organization.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

media inquiries

For more information about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, and for press and communications matters, please contact:

Kaletha Henry, Senior Communications Associate

khenry@ghhi.org (443)-842-5712

To arrange an interview with our President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton, members of the media should contact:

Julie Villar, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

jvillar@ghhi.org (443)-842-5713