Policy Priorities

I. Payment / reimbursement from health care payers including CMS for healthy homes interventions

II. Adoption of Green and Healthy Homes standard that includes removing toxic materials from housing rehabilitation

III. Non-energy benefits (NEBs) of energy efficiency/weatherization work tracked by state and federal programs

2016 Legislative Priorities:

I. Support funding for green and healthy homes including:

a. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

b. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Asthma Control Programs

c. U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program

d. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

II. Title X Amendments Act (updating Title X, the 1992 act that authorized HUD to make grants to state and local jurisdictions to address lead hazards)

a. Greater flexibility to address health and safety hazards beyond lead

b.Expanding the eligible grant recipients to nonprofits

c. Making it easier and more efficient for families to apply for the HUD grant programs

III. Social Impact Partnerships Act to foster the creation of public-private partnerships that harness philanthropic and other private-sector investments to scale up scientifically-proven social and public health programs

On the Horizon:

  • Federal adoption of common eligibility standards and aligned federal funding streams and programs

  • Standardized green and healthy comprehensive assessments for federally supported housing units, and compulsory inspections prior to private housing sales or transfers

  • Expanding scope of healthy homes interventions allowable through the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program

  • Data sharing is allowed and encouraged across federal agencies and programs