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June 22, 2018 | The Times

Data shows no signs of longstanding lead issues in Bordentown

Drinking water and blood data reviewed by this news organization show no signs of a longstanding lead issue in the Bordentown area, after the local water system exceeded the EPA’s limits for the toxic metal last year. However, a lack of state blood testing data for Bordentown City makes it difficult to gauge the level of recent exposure in children.

May 12, 2018 | South Bend Tribune

South Bend to Join National Initiative to Target Childhood Lead Poisoning

SOUTH BEND — The city announced it will join a national initiative to improve its strategy for combating the area’s stubborn problem with lead-poisoned kids.


March 22, 2018 | Baltimore Sun

Landlords with Lead-tainted Units Could Lose Rights to Evict Under Maryland Bill

Eviction courts could take on a greater role in the decades-long effort to prevent lead poisoning under a pending bill in the Maryland Senate that would allow judges to toss out eviction requests from landlords who can’t prove their properties are safe from the hazardous paint.

March 20, 2018 | The Detroit News

Detroit to Halt Some Demolitions Over Lead Concerns

The city will halt demolitions this summer in five ZIP codes that have the highest rates of children testing positive for lead poisoning after a city report last year suggested a link between nearby demolitions and high lead levels.

March 19, 2018 | Natural Resources Defense Council

Everyday Climate Vulnerability in Places Like Memphis

Big storms like Harvey in Houston and Katrina in New Orleans garner weeks of headlines. But each American city has a climate story to tell—one that affects people every day and that can be just as devastating to families and communities over time.

March 13, 2018 | WSBT 22

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Delivers Annual State of the City address

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday.  The topics addressed include: the flood, safety and health, infrastructure, economy, the city as an employer, quality of place, neighborhoods, finances, inclusion, sustainability, national outlook, and the city's future. Here is the full text from the address:

February 24, 2018 | The Economist

The Menace of Lead Poisoning

About a year ago a letter from Baltimore’s health department brought Michelle Burnside, a therapist who works with disabled children, dreadful news. The amount of lead in her three-year-old daughter’s blood was 15 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL), triple the level that prompts intervention. Tests then revealed lead all over the dilapidated house that Ms Burnside rented. It was in the paint peeling off the walls, the window frames and in the plumbing, too. Ms Burnside moved her family out. But she fears what the future may hold: one of her older children was poisoned at a similar age and now has a learning disability.

February 14, 2018 | WHYY

Hoping to Eradicate Childhood Lead Poisoning N.J. Groups Join Forces

Activists are proposing an action plan to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in New Jersey within a decade. More prevention efforts are needed so children don’t suffer learning disabilities and organ damage from lead poisoning, said Ruth Ann Norton, president of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.

February 14, 2018 | NJTV News Online

Advocates Call for Action to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Two years ago, more than 4,800 children in New Jersey were found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. In his inaugural address, Gov. Murphy vowed to find a way, in his first 100 days in office, to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.

January 30, 2018

External Job Announcement: MDH seeks Manager for New Healthy Homes Lead and Asthma Environmental Program

In recent months, GHHI has worked with MDH (Maryland Department of Health)

January 8, 2018 | American Council for Energy Efficient Economy

Energy Efficiency Can Help Address Childhood Asthma

In the large mid-Atlantic city of Baltimore, where summers are hot and winters cold, Keyona Ball had a problem with her house. Some rooms were really hot and others stayed cold. Her seven-year old son suffers from asthma, and weather extremes—whether hot and humid or cold and dry—can trigger his attacks. After her home was weatherized, she found that better insulation and air sealing improved the situation. “The heat is more consistent throughout the house,” she said. “I did notice this past winter that he didn’t have to have as many breathing treatments.”

December 6, 2017 | Washington Post

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Keyonta Parnell has had asthma most of his young life, but it wasn't until his family moved to the 140-year-old house here on Lemmon Street two years ago that he became one of the health care system's frequent customers. "I call 911 so much since I've been living here, they know my name," said the 9-year-old's mother, Darlene Summerville, who calls the emergency medical system her "best friend."

December 1, 2017 | Memphis Daily News

Coalition signs on with Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, though its work treating local children with asthma-related conditions, spearheaded the effort to form the coalition.

July 24, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GHHI Welcomes New Partner Site Pittsburgh/Allegheny County

GHHI welcomed Pittsburgh/Allegheny County as a new partner site on Friday, July 21st. Pittsburgh marks the 19th partner site established by GHHI.

August 22, 2016

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August 1, 2016 | Why Lead Paint Still Haunts Industrial Cities in the U.S.

Why Lead Paint Still Haunts Industrial Cities in the U.S.

One milligram of dust. That’s all the lead it takes to poison a child—the equivalent of three granules of sugar.

April 28, 2016 | How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities

Lifting the High Energy Burden in America's Largest Cities

A review of 48 major U.S. metropolitan areas finds that low-income households devote up to three times as much income to energy costs as average households in the same city, and that energy efficiency is critical to closing the gap.

December 5, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun

Lead paint: Despite progress, hundreds of Maryland children still poisoned

Lead poisoning, once epidemic among Baltimore's poor, is much less common than it used to be, with the number of new city cases dropping by 86 percent since 2002. But it is still claiming young victims years after authorities vowed to eradicate it. At least 4,900 Maryland children have been poisoned by lead in the past decade, their brains exposed to a contaminant that causes lasting learning and behavioral problems. There are likely more victims, because not all children are tested.

November 22, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Freddie Gray remembered as jokester who struggled to leave drug trade

Every few months during Gray’s childhood, nurses pricked his skin with a needle and pulled out blood to be tested for lead. Every time, tests results came back positive. This happened for at least four years, according to court records. As Gray returned to the same house, or moved to a new house, the dangerous blood lead levels persisted.

October 30, 2015 | Baltimore Fishbowl

Maryland’s Investment in Universal Lead Screening Will Pay Back in Spades

One of our country’s leaders in in eliminating lead poisoning is Maryland’s-ownRuth Ann Norton. Since 1993, she has tirelessly educated, legislated, and championed strong regulations and policies to eradicate lead poisoning. President and CEO of the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, she’s been a key player in Maryland’s successful 98 percent drop in lead poisoning rates.

October 30, 2015 | Maryland Public Television

Newsmaker of the Week

During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Maryland Public Television's State Circle featured the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative as "Newsmaker of the Week." GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton discussed new testing regulations in Maryland and the dangers of lead paint.

October 27, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

New App offers tips for making homes healthier and safer

The free mobile app, developed for the Baltimore-based Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, walks users through a brief quiz to identify health threats such as chipping lead paint, mold, pests or carbon monoxide.

October 27, 2015 | Medical Daily

To Prevent Lead Poisoning, Maryland Announces Universal Lead Screening Program For Children Under 2 Years Old

The office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that the state is expanding its fight against lead poisoning by implementing a universal screening problem for children under the age of 2. It’s a more aggressive strategy than what Maryland has previously pursued, testing only children deemed at relatively high risk of lead exposure, such as those currently enrolled on Medicaid. Now, every child will be tested at 12 and 24 months of age. 

October 26, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Maryland to require lead tests for all children at age 1 and age 2

The Hogan administration plans to require that all Maryland 1- and 2-year-olds be tested for lead poisoning, declaring the new rule is needed because thousands of youngsters are still at risk for health problems.

October 26, 2015 | WBAL 1090AM Radio

On Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Hogan Administration Announces Lead Testing Expansion

On Maryland's News This Week, Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative said the number of lead paint poisoning cases has dropped "significantly" in Maryland over the last 20 years, but she noted there are still several thousand children being poisoned throughout the state by lead paint which was used in older homes.

September 18, 2015 | Huffington Post

This Rocker Has A Heavy Metal Warning For Fellow Parents

When Jon Fishman's family moved into their 200-year-old Maine farmhouse years ago, they didn't think to be concerned about lead paint hazards. That all changed this February, a few minutes after a pediatrician pricked their toddler son's toe. The rapid blood test revealed the presence of lead.

September 10, 2015 | Interstate Renewable Energy Council

The Micro Movement – Filling Big Shoes

To test our thinking, we entered into a pilot with two home-focused occupations in different industry sectors – home energy performance and health. We sat with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to pinpoint the intersection of the home performance professional and the healthy housing professional. This resulted in defining the job function of the new “Healthy Home Evaluator,” whose responsibility will be to assess and characterize home-based environmental health and safety hazards, and to communicate those risks and hazards to the occupant with the goal of improving health and quality of life.

September 8, 2015 | Drawing Detroit

Refocusing Housing Policy in Detroit: Moving to Healthy Housing

The majority of families in Detroit face the risk of death, injury, illness and loss of their children’s mental capacity every day because of hazards in their homes. Based upon highly detailed analyses of homes, it is clear that homes are causing burns, falls, asthma, allergies and lead poisoning.

September 1, 2015 | WYPR 88.1FM

How Companies Capitalize on Lead-Paint Victims in Baltimore

Baltimore has made measurable strides forward in abating lead paint in city homes, and as recently as last week was awarded a 4 million dollar grant to rid close to 230 more homes of lead.

August 27, 2015 | Housing Wire

HUD gives $101M to communities for lead paint, home hazard removal

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded over $101 million to 32 city, county and state governments. The grant funding announced will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 6,000 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards.

August 27, 2015 | Huffington Post

Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids

Florence Nightingale once wrote: "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists." In other words, where we live affects our health. That was well over 100 years ago. Still, the problem of unhealthy homes persists and disproportionately affects low-income kids and their futures.

August 25, 2015 | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Awards $48 Million to Protect Children and Families from Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards

Today in Baltimore, MD, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced the funding during a news conference with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as part of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Back to School event, promoting healthier housing to improve school outcomes.

August 25, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Baltimore wins grant to remove health hazards from homes

Jacquirelyn Aquino is a high-performing member of the St. James & St. John School track team and has perfect attendance in her classes — a remarkable turnaround for the 12-year-old girl with asthma. She used to get winded climbing a tree, and her mother, Bernice Aquino, often spent days taking her to the doctor and nights watching over her to ensure she was breathing. Aquino credits removal of triggers including mold, dust mites and mice, as well as lead paint, from her Bel Air-Edison home by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which has worked with Baltimore officials for years to abate the many dangers, often hidden, in the city's low-income rental housing stock.

August 25, 2015 | Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore gets $4 million to eliminate lead hazards for children

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative announced the launch of the Your Healthy Home app, which will help at-risk families identify safety hazards and connect with resources. The app will launch in October for iOS and Android

August 25, 2015 | WBAL TV

Baltimore receives $4 million healthy homes grant

U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro announced the grant during a back-to-school event hosted by the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). The funding will help Baltimore address lead hazards in 230 housing units for low- and very low-income families and perform healthy home assessments in 330 units.

August 25, 2015 | WMAR TV

Baltimore gets $3.7M for lead removal

Federal housing officials are awarding more than $3.7 million to Baltimore to eliminate lead poison hazards and perform assessments of hundreds of homes for low-income families.

August 25, 2015 | The Daily Record

Baltimore gets $4 million for health-focused home repairs

Federal officials have awarded Baltimore nearly $4 million to remove lead and other hazards from houses in the city, arguing that students who come from healthier homes do better in school.

August 25, 2015 | WJZ TV

Multi-Million Dollar Effort Announced To Eliminate Lead Paint Dangers

It’s a hidden danger that’s affected the health of thousands of Baltimore City children — hazardous lead in paint and other items in homes. Now there’s a multi-million dollar effort to eliminate lead paint dangers.

August 25, 2015 | Energy Efficiency Insights

Healthy Housing with Ruth Ann Norton

President and CEO of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Ruth Ann Norton recently took the time to share her thoughts on the residential energy efficiency industry, healthy homes and more. The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. 

August 21, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Md. landlords get warnings over lead paint

With many Maryland landlords failing to respond to the state's expanded effort to curb childhood lead poisoning, officials are mass-mailing pointed reminders this summer to tens of thousands of property owners to register their rental units or risk being fined.

August 17, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Hogan keeps housing chief despite lead comments

Gov. Larry Hogan's housing secretary will stay in the job despite calls for his ouster over remarks suggesting that mothers might deliberately poison their children with lead to obtain free housing.

August 15, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Rutherford says governor won't back lead liability limits

Disavowing remarks made by the state's chief housing official, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said Saturday that the Hogan administration will not propose any easing of liability for landlords whose tenants' children are harmed by lead paint in rental homes.

August 14, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Housing chief suggests mothers may deliberately expose children to lead

Gov. Larry Hogan's top housing official said Friday that he wants to look at loosening state lead paint poisoning laws, saying they could motivate a mother to deliberately poison her child to obtain free housing.

August 12, 2015 | Rhode Island Public Radio

Water Authority Reports Elevated Levels Of Lead

A new report from Providence Water finds some homes served by the water authority may be exposed to elevated levels of lead.  

August 9, 2015 | Pine Tree Watchdog

Lewiston-Auburn ground zero in war against lead poisoning of kids

The $3.4 million federal grant is the result of an effort to alter how the two central Maine cities fight lead poisoning. Leaders of the effort made two fundamental changes to the way they approached the problem: one, coordination among groups rather than carving off narrow focus areas; and two, a work plan that was broader than fixing only the lead problem.

August 7, 2015 | Pine Tree Watchdog

Feds rarely enforcing law that protects Maine homeowners from lead poisoning

Thousands of Maine children and hundreds of thousands across the country are being exposed to poisonous lead paint because a federal law designed to protect them is barely being enforced.

August 6, 2015 | Pine Tree Watchdog

State expert: ‘Not doing enough’ to eliminate lead poisoning

Years after the date at which there were to be no more lead-poisoned children in Maine, there still are many. And that means hundreds of children per year are condemned to a lifetime of less — less intelligence, less education, less earning power.

June 23, 2015 | Home Energy Magazine

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

June 19, 2015 | CNCS Blog

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative's Asthma Program Helps Families Breathe Easier

Forty percent of asthma episodes are caused by preventable hazards found in homes, including mold and dust mites. Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantee Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is helping low-income individuals and families reduce such asthma triggers in their households.

June 15, 2015 | IBM Center for The Business of Government

Can We Focus on What Works?

Can we shift the conversation in Washington from “waste, fraud and abuse” to “what works and let’s fund it, instead?”

June 8, 2015 | Asthma Community Network Blog

Addressing Asthma through an Interdisciplinary Approach

Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) shares the ways their award winning program has achieved success in improving asthma outcomes by tackling asthma with non-traditional approaches that go beyond clinical care.

June 1, 2015 | ConvergenceRI

Path to healthier, brighter future for kids begins at the front door of your home

Perhaps the most significant event when it comes to changing policy – and, as a result, likely to be the one least reported on by traditional media – will be the first annual celebration of the Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes, on Wednesday, June 3from noon to 2 p.m., at the Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom. The group, which has braided together a collaborative coalition of more than 80 organizations involving more than 500 people, is focused on healthy homes in Rhode Island, building a collaborative alliance that braids together resources.

June 1, 2015 | Remodeling

Larry Zarker on How Home Health Issues Could Affect Your Future

A veteran of over 30 years in the field, 20 of those with the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, Larry Zarker, CEO of the Building Performance Institute, says it will take all that expertise and more to make the nation’s building stock efficient, healthy and comfortable for the multitude of retirement-age baby boomers intent on staying put in their existing homes. 

May 21, 2015 | The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5

The Persistent Problem of Lead Paint

Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI President & CEO speaks with Kojo Nnamdi about the problem of lead paint exposure and what strides have been made in cleaning up homes over the last few decades.

May 19, 2015 | Michigan Live

Spectrum Health, Priority Health chosen for nationwide asthma initiative

Spectrum Health and Priority Health are among a handful of service providers – and the only ones in Michigan – chosen for a nationwide health initiative that brings together private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a national nonprofit and a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund's Pay for Success program, and the Calvert Foundation announced on Tuesday, May 19, that five recipients will participate in their regional Pay for Success projects.

May 19, 2015 | Mass Live

Baystate Health, Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition to study asthma triggers in homes

Asthma can be made worse by a home friendly to such allergens as molds, something a national project involving Baystate Health and the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition is about to study with hopes to offer affected individuals environmental solutions in the near future.

May 15, 2015 | IAQ Radio

EPA Awards GHHI the 2015 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management

In episode 368, IAQ Radio welcomed GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton, GHHI Director of Maryland Program Services Mark Kravatz and Building Performance Institute CEO Larry Zarker for a discussion on how indoor air quality affects health and what GHHI is doing to help remediate health and safety hazards in homes across America. 

May 11, 2015 | BBC World Service Business Daily

Baltimore Riots: Lead Paint and Deprivation

GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton was interviewed on BBC World Service Radio's Business Daily on the history and effects of lead poisoning in Baltimore.

May 10, 2015 | Toledo Blade

Detrimental effects of lead poisoning plague Lucas Co. homes, children

The childhood home of Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in Baltimore police custody, setting off nationwide protests, was like so many of the homes in Toledo’s central city. It was rundown and had peeling paint and was where tests show he was exposed to toxic levels of lead.

May 8, 2015 | Providence Business News

Nonprofits to receive Best Practices awards from R.I. Foundation

Five nonprofits will receive 2015 Best Practice awards Tuesday from the Rhode Island Foundation. Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will receive the Best Practice for Collaboration Award. 

May 7, 2015 | FiveThirtyEight

Baltimore’s Toxic Legacy Of Lead Paint

Despite sharp declines, the city of Baltimore still has nearly three times the national rate of lead poisoning among children, and a look at the data reveals that, like other health disparities, just a handful of neighborhoods are responsible for almost all of the city’s cases over the last five years. Sandtown is one of them.

May 7, 2015 | TIME

Cities like Baltimore Still Suffer From the Toxic Legacy of Lead Contamination

The Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore has all the markers of the depressed inner city. Unemployment is high, drug abuse is rampant and many houses are vacant and dilapidated. Less apparent—but equally insidious—is the prevalence of lead poisoning.

May 6, 2015 | Jackson Free Press

Freddie Gray Death Highlights Lead Poisoning Crisis

GHHI Jackson Outcome Broker Catherine Lee discusses the impact of lead poisoning, the current statistics for Mississippi and how to prevent exposure.

May 4, 2015 | BBC World Update with Dan Damon

Lead Poisoning and Freddie Gray

Dan Damon interviewed GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton on the effects of lead poisoning, and the need for prevention and awareness. 

April 30, 2015 | CNN

Growing Up Amid Urban Neglect

Brooke Baldwin interviews GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton on the effects of lead poisoning and its prevelance in Baltimore. 

April 29, 2015 | Asthma Community Network Podcast

What Is a Social Impact Bond, and Why Does Asthma Present a Good Fit for This Innovative Financing Mechanism?

In this podcast, GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton explains her organization’s experience with social impact financing for asthma. 

April 29, 2015 | Washington Post

Freddie Gray’s life a study in the sad effects of lead paint on poor blacks

Reports of Gray’s history with lead come at a time when the city and nation are still trying to understand the full ramifications of lead poisoning.

April 23, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Beginning of Freddie Gray's life as sad as its end, court case shows

With so much of its housing stock predating laws banning lead in paint, Baltimore continues to wrestle with the after-effects on thousands of children who have inhaled or ingested the toxic metal.

April 1, 2015 | Scotsman Guide

Q&A: Ruth Ann Norton, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) grew out of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and gained prominence in 2012 when it was featured by the Clinton Global Initiative America as an “innovative solution” to the housing crisis. We talked with Ruth Ann Norton, the driving force behind GHHI about how making houses safer, healthier and more energy efficient can also help residents keep their homes and build stronger communities.

March 31, 2015 | Good News Baltimore

The Toxic Legacy of Baltimore: Lead Poisoning

Understanding lead poisoning is the first step in eliminating a problem that is 100% preventable. As we speak with Ruth Ann Norton from the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, you will learn more about this issue and what you can do to help your family when dealing with lead.

March 14, 2015 | WJBK TV Detroit

Green & Healthy Homes Day

Dozens of organizations are teaming up for a big event to help people make sure their homes are safe and energy efficient. Green & Healthy Homes Day is happening at Harms Elementary School in Southwest Detroit on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

March 5, 2015 | WKAR Radio

New Lansing program seeks greener, healthier homes

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative is a national program that’s new in Lansing, but it’s been underway for some time in Detroit and Flint. It combines an energy efficiency audit with a health risk assessment to show people not only what may be on its face a potential danger in their homes, but how it could affect their health.

February 18, 2015 | Maryland Morning with Sheliah Kast

Coping With The Bitter Cold

GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton discusses DIY weatherization tactics and where to turn to for help in Maryland. 

February 12, 2015 | Business Radio

Dollars and Change

GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton discusses the GHHI model and how pay for success and social impact bonds are paving the way for healthy housing. 

February 7, 2015 | TalkPoverty Radio

How Your Zip Code Impacts Your Life Chances

For millions of Americans, opportunities for a better future are limited simply because of the zip code where they grew up or now live. GHHI President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton discusses how housing impacts your life chances.

February 2, 2015 | ConvergenceRI

The high cost of toxic stress in children

As much as asthma is the number-one health cause of school absenteeism, and the incidence of asthma and high levels of lead in children’s bloodstreams can be mapped by town and legislative district in Rhode Island, the actual number of poor children in Rhode Island who live in unsafe, unhealthy homes has not yet been quantified.

January 30, 2015 | Brown University

Holistic Housing

Jeremy Wortzel ‘16 grew up in the quiet countryside of Pennsylvania amongst farmers markets and friendly neighbors. The idea that hazardous housing was a problem for so many didn’t come into sharp focus until he came to Providence.

January 2, 2015 | Asbury Park Press

$50M taken from NJ child protection fund

The New Jersey government left countless children exposed to lead poisoning in the last decade by diverting more than $50 million away from a health fund so routine state bills and salaries could be paid, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.

December 23, 2014 | WBAL TV

Maryland lead paint law expands to include more homes

Maryland's existing law requires rental properties built before 1950 to be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment. The law is expanding to include homes built before 1978. Ruth Ann Norton, president & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, said property owners will have their work cut out for them.

December 1, 2014 | Environmental Justice

Improving Health, Economic and Social Outcomes through Integrated Housing Intervention

Findings will provide evidence that improved health outcomes and more stable and productive homes in primarily African American, low-income neighborhoods are related to the mitigation of asthma triggers and home-based environmental health hazards. Upstream integrated housing interventions are an effective means to improve health, economic, and social outcomes for children diagnosed with asthma.

November 3, 2014 | Evidence Matters

Healthy Homes Go Green

Unlike traditional fragmented and siloed approaches to remediating unhealthy, energy-inefficient homes, GHHI’s service delivery model stresses the coordination of funding and integration of home interventions to improve both efficiency and cost effectiveness.

November 1, 2014 | GQ

Body Tuneup: Home Sweet Disgusting Home

Don't panic, but right now, in your own cozy house, you're probably breathing polluted air, eating off bacteria-laced dishes, and sleeping in an invisible pile of dust-mite crap. It's gross, and it may be hurting your health—but it's also easy enough to fix, once you know how.

October 1, 2014 | Baltimore Sun

Baltimore group wins grant for asthma project

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will work with the Calvert Foundation on this effort that got the $1 million boost from the Social Innovation Fund, run by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant pays to launch a project that will eventually include work on homes in five regions of the country that have not yet been chosen, but which have a high incidence of children hospitalized for treatment of asthma.

September 22, 2014 | Baltimore Sun

Jury awards $2.1 million in lead paint suit

A Baltimore jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to a 17-year-old city youth who was allegedly poisoned by lead paint in the 1990s when he was a toddler in an East Baltimore rental home. The award, coming 15 years or more after the youth's alleged exposure to toxic lead paint, highlights the price people continue to pay for Maryland's gradual, at times halting approach to dealing with the health hazards posed by the paint's widespread use in housing decades ago.

September 22, 2014 | Providence Business News

R.I. groups announce healthy-homes alliance

The Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes, an effort that aims to raise awareness about the cost of unhealthy housing and provide cross-sector coordination of education, resources and services among state, city and community-based service organizations, was launched last week.

September 19, 2014 | ABC 2 TV

New set of Maryland laws aim to protect against lead poisoning

Lead poisoning can have devastating effects on children. From reduced IQ to behavioral problems to hearing loss. Come January 1, 2015, Maryland will expand lead poisoning prevention laws, in the hopes of protecting even more children.

September 15, 2014 | Convergence RI

A healthy home alliance seeks to rebuild RI from the ground up

Ten months ago, Mark Kravatz gathered about 100 of the faithful – college interns, government officials, and community advocates – at Rhode Island College to announce the beginning of a low-key, bottom-up effort to launch the R.I. Healthy Homes Initiative, a collaborative framework “to align, braid and coordinate” an evidence-based, community approach to public health and housing in Rhode Island.

September 15, 2014 | Brown Daily Herald

R.I. organizations align to offer safe, efficient housing

A group of national and state politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders and community members gathered in the State Room at the Rhode Island Statehouse Friday afternoon to celebrate the press launch of the Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes, a partnership of local agencies and organizations that aims to provide safe housing in the state.

September 10, 2014 | The Huffington Post

The Lead Hazard In Schools That Won't Go Away

As students return to the classroom this fall, experts and advocates are warning of the overlooked health hazard plaguing daycares, preschools and elementary schools across the country.

August 25, 2014 | WILX 10

Sparrow to Partner in Home Health Inspections Program

Sparrow Hospital has become the latest community partner to sign onto the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Lansing.

August 12, 2014 | Baltimore Sun

Clean power and energy efficiency for all MD residents

As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on our laurels. Thanks to energy efficiency programs being developed in the coming months, we can deliver energy savings to more Marylanders, benefiting all our families and communities.

July 25, 2014 | WILX 10

Lansing Joins Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Lansing has a new program to help people living in inefficient, unsafe, or unhealthy homes. Mayor Virg Bernero signed the Green and Health Homes Initiative Thursday. It's a partnership between local agencies to proactively avoid things like asthma and lead poisoning in Lansing homes.

July 24, 2014 | Lansing Journal

Lansing to form network to improve housing conditions in city

Lansing has joined a national effort to improve its housing stock, primarily for low-income residents. Mayor Virg Bernero today signed a pact with Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that creates networks of services to address energy, health and environmental issues in older homes such as lead, asthma-causing allergens and energy inefficiency.

July 21, 2014 | ABC 12 Flint

Grant money to help Flint homes become lead free

New money is coming to the city of Flint that will help make family homes safer and healthier. Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Flint announced it was getting a $100,000 grant.

July 15, 2014 | Baltimore Brew

Preservationists, child advocates take up issue of lead-paint windows

To replace or not to replace – that is the question facing CHAP, Baltimore’s preservation commission, as it weighs the hazards of lead paint against the value of retaining original architectural features on historic buildings.

May 11, 2014 | The Flint Journal

Carbon monoxide, smoke detectors donated for homes of Genesee County children

The detectors have been donated by Consumers Energy for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a nationwide program of the Coalition to End childhood Lead Poisoning that aims to keep children healthy by keeping the homes they live in healthy.

April 17, 2014 | LA Times

Lowe's settles EPA allegations on lead paint

Lowe's Cos., the home-improvement retail giant, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty and roll out a new record-keeping policy for contractors that could encounter lead paint. The settl

April 3, 2014 | GreenBuilder Magazine

Energy Improvements Boost Health

An energy-retrofit of 31 single-family homes for low-income families in Baltimore, Md., not only saved energy but also cut down on emergency room visits by 67 percent. Families breathed easier, were healthier, were more comfortable in their homes, and saved money.

October 30, 2013 | Baltimore Sun

Lead is still poisoning our children

What if there was a completely preventable disease that affected one in 38 American children under the age of six and Congress effectively eliminated the funding that supports efforts to eradicate the cause of the disease?

October 25, 2013 | Baltimore Sun

Grant targets continuing lead poisoning threats in Baltimore

The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to help educate Baltimore families about the risks to young children of lead poisoning, which despite progress made in reducing exposure over the years still affects nearly 3,000 youngsters across Maryland.

September 18, 2013 | Jackson Free Press

Bright Idea: Conserve Energy, Create Jobs

You want to reduce your energy bills, improve your in-home air quality, increase the value of your home and help create jobs in the local community? Then invest in energy-efficiency improvements at your home or business.

September 18, 2013 | KSL News

Salt Lake County working to create lead-free homes

Many people may not think lead poisoning is as big of a concern in recent years, but one county in Utah is pushing for families in older homes to learn about the dangers lead poisoning.

August 14, 2013 | WBAL-TV Baltimore

Baltimore Housing Agency pays $6.8 million in Judgments

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City has paid more than $6.7 million to satisfy six outstanding lead paint judgments.

June 20, 2013 | Buffalo Business First

National foundation execs look to Buffalo

“What makes Buffalo successful is they have very strong leadership from philanthropy which is an incredible reader of success,” she said. “They have been able to get individual agencies to get beyond perceived barriers.

June 11, 2013 | Providence Journal

Providence homes receive a green and healthy makeover

The three-family house her grandparents Bonifacio and Maria Lopez own — Jaylah and her mom live on the second floor — was on display Monday as one of more than 60 Valley and Olneyville neighborhood dwellings (135 units total) renovated by the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.

June 6, 2013 | Providence Journal

Editorial: For healthier homes

Unfortunately, such work can be costly. So it is encouraging that, in Providence, a joint effort combining lead-paint remediation with other upgrades is bearing fruit. Called the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, the project targets energy costs along with such health hazards as lead paint and mold, which can cause asthma. The idea is to get lower-income youngsters off to the healthiest possible start, by providing housing that is healthy as well as economical.

May 24, 2013 | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah awarded $2.5 million HUD grant

Salt Lake County Housing Manager Randy Jepperson, who applied for the grant, said he shouted out in jubilation Thursday when he received the call from Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of the national Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, regarding Utah’s $2.5 million award.

May 15, 2013 | ABC-6

Even low levels of lead hamper kindergartners' reading skills

Even children with low levels of lead in their blood score lower on reading-readiness tests when they begin kindergarten, a new study found. According to the CDC, children in at least 4 million homes in the United States are being exposed to lead.

April 4, 2013 | Washington Post

Ruth Ann Norton of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative gives tips for clean and safe homes

Ruth Ann Norton is executive director of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which advocates the need for green, healthy and safe homes across the United States. She chatted with readers about protecting families from lead poisoning, mold and other health dangers found in the home. 

March 5, 2013 | Michigan Radio

Number of Detroit kids with elevated lead levels drops, but problems remain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say even low levels of lead in blood can affect a child’s IQ, their ability to pay attention and their performance in school. Kids are most often exposed to lead in paint in homes built before 1978.

February 1, 2013 | The Huffington Post

Prevention does the body (and America's wallet) good

There is no doubt that preventing people from becoming sick will improve the quality of life for millions of Americans dramatically. More than one-half of Americans are currently living with one or more serious chronic disease.

January 29, 2013 | Trust for America's Health

Breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children

American taxpayers lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually in medical bills, energy costs and lost wages due to inefficient and unhealthy housing and nearly six million households live with moderate to severe physical housing problems.

January 28, 2013 | The Nation's Health

Lead poisoning prevention gains attention but loses funding: Blood lead level standards tightened

The lens on lead poisoning prevention became more focused after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the standards on what is considered dangerous child blood lead levels this summer.

January 1, 2013 | Baltimore Sun

Reducing utility costs, hospital visits

The first winter after Danielle Smith bought her house in North Baltimore, the 35-year-old schoolteacher wondered if it even had a furnace, it was so cold and drafty.

November 29, 2012 | The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake metro area is 16th in U.S. to join coalition to make homes healthier

To help address that expensive cause-and-effect situation, Salt Lake County and several local medical institutions and nonprofit groups signed the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact on November 28.

November 28, 2012 | Deseret News

Salt Lake County joins national initiative to make homes safe, healthy

Mayor Peter Corroon on November 28 signed the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact — an integrated system developed to deliver healthy housing programs for vulnerable families and children in the Salt Lake area.

November 8, 2012 | The Huffington Post

Hurricane Sandy Pollution Among Moms' Concerns In Storm's Wake

Even before her 7-year-old son, Zephyr, began playing soccer this fall, Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was concerned about possible toxic chemicals on his team's home pitch.

October 26, 2012 | WTTG Fox DC

Health Alert: Lead Poisoning

The CDC says no level of lead in the blood is safe. The equivalent of three granuales of sugar of lead based-paint dust is enough to poison a child for their lifetime. Ruth Ann Norton explains these new guidelines.

October 21, 2012 | WBAL-TV Baltimore

You can help kids grow up lead-free

The Executive director of the Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, Ruth Ann Norton, talks about prevention week and how the lead paint threat has not gone away.

October 18, 2012 | ABC 7 News

Lead-tainted Halloween costumes concern safety advocates

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission seized two shipments to children's Halloween pirate costumes because they contained eleven times the legal limit of lead.

August 22, 2012 | Mississippi Public Broadcasting

New program aims to clean up homes in some of Jackson’s poorest neighborhoods

The initial 100-thousand dollar grant for the program is expected to help fix up 50 Jackson homes...but plans are to repair 35-hundred homes and, which could potentially save 325-million dollars in energy and health care costs.

May 18, 2012 | USA Today

Worried about lead poisoning in your home? What to do

As more children are considered at risk for lead poisoning, many parents may wonder how to prevent the problem, especially if they have an older home with lead-based paint.

May 16, 2012 | USA Today

Lead poisoning guidelines revised; more considered at risk

Up to 365,000 more children across the USA will be considered at risk of lead poisoning under new guidelines released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

May 16, 2012 | Baltimore Sun

CDC lowers lead poisoning threshold

The number of young children deemed at risk of lead poisoning in Maryland and nationwide expanded drastically Wednesday as a federal health agency declared it would effectively cut in half i

March 6, 2012 | Baltimore Sun

Lawmakers gird for renewed debate on lead poisoning

With efforts to reduce lead poisoning among children at a crossroads, Maryland lawmakers are wrestling with proposals to expand state regulation of home sales, rentals and repairs to reduce youngsters' exposure to the toxic metal.

February 23, 2012 | Grant Makers in Health

Confronting the Health Determinants of School Success in the Early Grades

Over 100 communities across the country have agreed to take on the GLR Campaign's "call to action." Health funders can join and support local coalitions in putting a stake in teh ground around grade-level reading by the end of third grade. They can help by leading efforts to improve "health determinants" of readiness, attendance and summer learning. 

December 1, 2011

Healthy Housing: A Pathway Out of Poverty?

This summer, the debt ceiling debate revived the Reagan-era argument that government is the problem, not part of the solution. This focus on reducing the size of government has obscured the cost-saving successes of targeted, collaborative federal anti-poverty programs.

October 5, 2011 | Baltimore Sun

Lead paint judgments: the shame of the city

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City's attempt to disregard court orders to pay monetary damages to children poisoned by lead is wrong. The judgments are intended to address the lifelong and irreversible damage caused to children by allowing lead hazards to go unchecked in the public housing units in which they lived.

March 10, 2011 | Baltimore Sun

Hazards and hopes: The silver lining in Baltimore's lead paint setback

Baltimore City's loss of federal funds to remove lead-paint hazards from the city's housing stock is an unfortunate and unnecessary setback for a program that at one time had been regarded as one of the country's best.

April 21, 2010 | Baltimore Sun

New lead paint rules go into effect

Starting today, anyone renovating an older home across the country will have to hire a contractor certified to handle lead-based paint under a new federal rule that aims to reduce the number of children poisoned by the toxic metal.

December 8, 2009 | Baltimore Sun

Healthier homes: New thinking goes beyond weatherization with holistic approach to improve kids' lives

Thanks to expanding school-readiness efforts, systemic change in the Baltimore public schools and enhanced out-of-school opportunities, Baltimore is making real progress in giving young peop

August 15, 2007 | Parents Magazine

Parents Report: Lead Astray

It's not just old paint that's poisonous—this toxic metal can be in water and soil, as well as in a scary number of children's products.