April 17, 2014

Salt Lake Awarded Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Challenge Grant

$100K grant matches local support to increase healthy home renovations in Salt Lake City and County

Salt Lake City, UT, April 16, 2014—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). This grant will support health and energy-based housing assessments and repairs to low-income families with asthmatic children in Salt Lake City and County.

“GHHI’s matching grant is critical to our success in securing donations from local foundations,” said Randy Jepperson Salt Lake County Housing Director and spokesperson for GHHI Salt Lake. “Private sector contributions are critical to filling funding gaps and helping families in need address health issues stemming from their unhealthy homes.”

Formed by a coalition of community organizations and the national Green and Healthy Homes Initiative in November 2013, GHHI Salt Lake has already provided assistance to 70 households through home health hazard assessments, renovation and resident education. With local partners including nonprofits, government agencies and medical professionals, GHHI Salt Lake anticipates creating 120 green, healthy and safe homes in 2014.

“We are delighted to partner with GHHI Salt Lake in delivering home repairs to reduce the high rate of asthma hospitalizations,” said Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO of GHHI. “By reducing asthma triggers in the home, we are decreasing the amount of time children miss from school and parents miss from work. We applaud GHHI Salt Lake’s progress and hope these funds will ensure its continued success.”

GHHI works with its designated sites like Salt Lake across the nation to secure government, private and philanthropic funds. Since 2010, GHHI has awarded sites more than $5.5 million in grant assistance to 12 GHHI sites.

“As a founding member of the GHHI Salt Lake coalition, Community Development Corporation of Utah is deeply grateful to the Utah-based charitable foundations that support our work in improving housing conditions, and the health of our low-income families and neighborhoods. We are honored to have partners like these, without whom we could not accomplish our mission,” said Darin Brush, Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of Utah.

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 16 GHHI sites nationally: Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Dubuque, Flint, Jackson, New Haven, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, Salt Lake and San Antonio.

About Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Salt Lake

The Green & Healthy Homes Salt Lake Coalition Compact was signed on November 28, 2013. The members of the GHHI Salt Lake Coalition include University of Utah Pediatrics, Intermountain Health Care, State of Utah Asthma Taskforce, Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity, CAP Weatherization, Community Development Corporation of Utah, Utah Clean Energy, NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Valley Services, Assist Inc., Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and Vorda Landscape Design. Since the signing of the Compact, Communidas Unidas, West Valley City, Utah Society for Environmental Education and the University of Utah Hospital Health Plans Caregiver program have become members of GHHI Salt Lake.

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