June 4, 2014

Lewiston Auburn Partnership Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

Lewiston Auburn Partnership Signs Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

A citywide partnership takes a step forward in ensuring green, safe and healthy homes for residents

Lewiston, ME (June 4, 2014) – 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.

The partnership represents over 14 months of collaboration between St. Mary’s Healthcare system and Central Maine Healthcare System, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Community Concepts, Healthy Androscoggin, Androscoggin Head Start, Bates College, Mattra Inc., SeniorsPlus, the Neighborhood Housing League and both the Lewiston and Auburn housing authorities. These groups have been aligning existing program goals, braiding current funding and coordinating their work to improve housing—and as a result, health outcomes of residents— in LA. The program will build local capacity to efficiently deliver housing interventions and leverage existing resources to increase opportunities for impact in LA.

“These 14 organizations have formed a disciplined and committed partnership dedicated to protecting the health and safety of this region’s children and families,” said Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO of GHHI. “The GHHI model provides qualifying families with a one-stop-shop for housing interventions and related assistance. The end result is that children are healthier and better able to succeed in school; families have safer and more energy efficient homes—and lower utility bills; and health insurance costs decline due to fewer housing-related health issues.”

“Lewiston and Auburn continue to have children who suffer from asthma and lead poisoning, and seniors who have trouble aging in place, in part due to slip hazards. GHHI Lewiston Auburn will improve housing conditions and the impacts of those conditions on resident’s health, whether they are living in single family homes or multifamily buildings,” said Shanna Rogers, the GHHI Lewiston Auburn Coordinator.

Lewiston and Auburn combined continue to have children with lead poisoning at three times the rate of the State as a whole. More than 10% of kids in LA suffer from asthma, and nationally 40% of asthma episodes are caused by triggers in the home. Nationally, one in three adults age 65 or older falls each year, and half of those falls occur at home. In LA, there are roughly 9,163 adults aged 65 or older.

The City of Lewiston’s Administrator, Ed Barrett remarkedLewiston has chosen to join in this partnership as an element of our Community and Economic Development work because of its potential to improve the health and housing outcomes for our residents and because of GHHI's core belief in efficient delivery of services.”

About Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), formerly 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.

With support from HUD, DOE, CDC, the Council on Foundations, and numerous philanthropic partners, GHHI now serves as the national model for green and healthy homes interventions. Currently, there are 17 GHHI sites nationally: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Dubuque, Flint, Jackson, Lewiston Auburn, New Haven, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, Salt Lake and San Antonio.

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:

ghhi@berlinrosen.com