On Saturday, March 14, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Detroit-Wayne County (GHHI Detroit-Wayne County) welcomed more than 200 southwest Detroit residents and children to its first ever Green & Healthy Homes Day. The event was held at Harms Elementary School with opening remarks by Council Member Castaneda-Lopez of Detroit’s 6th district and Eric Johnson, GHHI Detroit-Wayne County co-chair and chief of housing rehabilitation with the City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department.
More than 20 GHHI Detroit-Wayne County organizations were represented at the event including: AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter, Bridging Communities, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department, CLEARCorps Detroit, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, DTE Energy, EcoWorks, Ecology Center, Habitat for Humanity Detroit, Institute for Population Health, Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, RSM Lead Inspections, SEEL, Stafford House, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Wayne County Public Health Department, Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Each organization staffed a resource table with information about their organization, available programs and services, and products and education to help residents make their homes safe, green and healthy. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with representatives of GHHI Detroit-Wayne County partners and complete program applications and surveys. GHHI Detroit-Wayne County partners also offered free lead testing for children under age 6, hourly door prizes and workshops and demonstrations on how to make your home safe, green and healthy. Children loved playing in the Kid’s Corner with environmentally friendly crafts and games while their parents browsed the many partner tables.
GHHI Detroit-Wayne County would like to thank all the partners who helped to make this event a huge success, especially Harms Elementary, the City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department, Wayne State University, EcoWorks, Stafford House, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter and Wayne County Public Health Department. We look forward to engaging with many more Detroit residents on green and healthy housing issues to ensure that Detroit families have safe and healthy places to live and play.