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About Us

Our Mission

To break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families by creating and advocating for healthy, safe and energy efficient homes.

Our Vision

A world where no child’s potential is limited by unhealthy housing conditions.

Our Model

GHHI effectively channels funds private and public sources to deliver results for residents.

GHHI Delivers

  1. Government innovation in service delivery and cost savings
  2. Measurable improvements in health, economic and social outcomes for children and families
  3. Development of community-based green jobs
  4. Healthy, safe and affordable homes
  5. Family economic security

Our Impact

The impact of GHHI’s work is felt nationwide in a variety of ways.

Improved Health and Safety

  • GHHI interventions dramatically reduced the incidents of severe asthma; reduced emergency room visits, hospitalizations and doctor visits, and school absences;
  • Emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthmatic episodes have been dramatically reduced.

Energy Efficiency

In analysis to date of units in Baltimore, GHHI interventions have resulted in an average savings of $403 per year in first year savings.

Increased Access to Resources

  • The cost savings for the integrated (versus separate) housing interventions have saved 20-25 percent, thereby creating a process that can effectively address health-safety-and energy improvements in every fifth (5th) house for free;
  • Cost savings are also being achieved from an integrated approach that reduces travel time, site preparation, duplication of efforts, and other inefficiencies that drive up costs when multiple contractors are used to perform multiple interventions in a single home;
  • Through a coordinated intake process, comprehensive assessment and integrated interventions, families have access to a full complement of financial and programmatic resources needed to make improvements for improved health, safety, and energy usage in the home.

Workforce Development

  • Creating jobs and training the next generation of “green” workers is a fundamental focus of GHHI. With a grant from the Open Society Foundations’ Poverty Alleviation Fund, GHHI has provided funding to nine sites to provide training programs and job placement services for under-employed and unemployed workers and formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Open Society Foundation Workforce Development Grantees:
    • Atlanta
    • Buffalo
    • Chicago
    • Cleveland
    • Detroit
    • Flint
    • Oakland
    • Philadelphia
    • Providence
  • To date, nearly 1480 persons have been trained in green and healthy assessment and intervention, enabling them to hold sustainable jobs with healthcare benefits.
  • Findings across sites note that wages of under-employed individuals engaged in GHHI training have seen wage increases from $9.00 to $15 to $22 per hour (with the addition for most of benefits). Additional skills prepare workers to be able to compete in the emerging green housing rehabilitation market.
  • Worker skills developed through GHHI include among others:
  • Weatherization Tech and Auditor/BPI Energy Auditor;
  • Lead Hazard Control;
  • Healthy Housing Technician/Worker;
  • Housing Code Compliance and rehabilitation;
  • Skills development (math, database, scope writing and customer relations)
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