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Green and Healthy Housing Articles & Reports

Comprehensive Environmental Health & Housing Assessment Excerpt

If you’d like to receive a copy of the full Comprehensive Environmental Health and Housing Assessment or are interested in training of its use, please call 410-534-6447 or send an e-mail to


Using Social Impact Financing to Improve Asthma Outcomes (2014)

Issue brief summarizes case studies from three promising social impact financing initiatives aimed at improving asthma management. Co-authored with Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition.


Sustainable Funding and Business Case for GHHI Home Interventions for Asthma Patients

An essential component of a new asthma management strategy involves home interventions to uncover and remedy triggers that can exacerbate asthma. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a national leader in conducting comprehensive home interventions. The purpose of this report is to identify sustainable funding streams for asthma-related home interventions, with a special focus on Medicaid; determine new ways to structure payment arrangements; and examine the business case and return on investment for asthma home interventions.


Download GHHI’s Pay for Success Term Sheet Template

Use this template to set terms of a contract to finance a PFS transaction.


Non-Energy Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Programs in Multifamily Housing: the Clean Power Plan and Policy Implications

This paper was first presented at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE’s) 2016 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. 


GHHI’s Economic Modeling Handbook – Pay for Success Feasibility Study

This handbook outlines the process for conducting economic feasibility analysis for a potential PFS transaction, using projected underlying economics of a comprehensive asthma management program.



Strategic Plan to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

In light of the tragedy that occurred in Flint, Michigan, a new and brighter light has been shone on the issue of childhood lead poisoning. To address these issues and to set out a bold agenda to end lead poisoning as a major public health threat in the next five years, GHHI has developed a set of broader lead poisoning prevention policy recommendations that supports initiatives being developed at the federal, state and local level while also establishing a framework to strategically marshal the financial resources and regulatory tools to end childhood lead poisoning.


Determining the Feasibility of Pay for Success Projects

This document provides an overview of GHHI’s PFS feasibility rubric tool. 


Update from the Field: Paying for Success to Improve Asthma Outcomes

Pay for Success projects addressing asthma in the United States


Weatherization and Its Impact on Occupant Health Outcomes

Paper summarizes the outcomes from weatherization work on occupant health.


Achieving Health and Social Equity through Housing: Understanding the Impact of Non Energy Benefits in the United States

This report summarizes findings on how weatherization and energy efficiency retrofits in low-income households can improve housing affordability and health. By addressing energy cost burdens, the United States can generate greater equity by creating environmental, economic and health benefits for housing occupants, building owners, and communities.


Healthy Homes and Asthma: A Healthy Housing Blueprint to Improving Asthma Outcomes

A recently released paper around the best practices for healthy homes practitioners to use healthy housing practices to improve the control of asthma for children and adults.


Medicaid Approved Funding for Healthy Housing Services

Addressing the root causes of many health conditions includes the home environment, but home-based, preventive services continue to be under-funded by public resources. This document presents examples of State Medicaid programs that have used innovative mechanisms to support home-based environmental health resident education, assessment, and hazard remediation services.


Lead Poisoning Prevention Articles and Reports

Exposures to Environmental Toxicants and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in US Children

A study examining the association of exposures to environmental lead and tobacco smoke with attention deficit disorder.


MD Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law

Maryland Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law: Guide to Rental Property Owner Compliance


Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead

Outlines available scientific data describing the effects of lead, summarizes in plain language the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) parts B and C, and provides information on how these provisions relate to children affected by lead. The document also describes major gaps in our scientific understanding of the efficacy of educational interventions for reversing academic problems in children affected by lead.


Announcement: CDC’s Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services is currently recruiting a Chief for its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

CDC’s Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services is currently recruiting a Chief for its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The position plans, directs and supervises scientific and programmatic activities and staff related to childhood lead poisoning prevention.


Pay for Success for Lead Poisoning Prevention

It is possible to use a Pay for Success arrangement to fund or greatly reduce initial government investment in lead-poisoning prevention given the appropriate conditions.


New Jersey Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative unveils the 2018 New Jersey Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan

New Report Details Action Plan to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning In New Jersey

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative release their report today detailing specific, actionable strategies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in New Jersey in 10 years. The 2018 New Jersey Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan was made possible through the generous support of The Fund for New Jersey and New Jersey Health Initiatives, the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 



GHHI Compact of Core Standards

Learn more about our single stream intervention process.


A New Way of Doing Business

A New Way of Doing Business: How the Recovery Act is Leading the Way to 21st Century Government 


Goals for the HUD office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH).

OLHCHH provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. The office enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.


Home Safety Guides & Fact Sheets

Healthy Homes, Happy Families Magazine


Webinar: A Strategic Plan to End Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Five Year Blueprint for Action

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative has developed a Strategic Plan – a set of broad policy recommendations to strategically marshal the financial resources and regulatory tools to end childhood lead poisoning as a major public health threat in the next five years. Join GHHI's President and CEO Ruth Ann Norton for a discussion on how this entirely preventable disease can be stopped.



GHHI Publications

Achieving Green and Healthy Homes and Communities in America: A Report Following the National Dialogue on Green & Healthy Homes

Recommendations for the Office of Recovery Implementation on Federal support for Green and Healthy Housing

The HUD Strategic Plan about investing in green and healthy homes