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June is National Healthy Homes Month!

Each June, healthy housing advocates across the U.S. come together in recognition of National Healthy Homes Month to increase awareness of housing-related health hazards, lead poisoning prevention and the overall principles of a safe and healthy home.

Check back often this month for:

  • Community events where GHHI and partners will be on hand with housing tips and resources
  • Webinars led by health and housing experts
  • Tips and resources to keep your home healthy and safe
  • Stories from our neighbors about the impacts of healthy housing on their families, health and lives

Healthy and energy-efficient housing is critical for the wellness and prosperity of all our families, seniors and communities

By Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO
June 1, 2022

Safe housing conditions are often the difference between good health and chronic disease, preventing household injuries, having the ability to build generational wealth and avoiding the perpetual cycle of poverty. That’s why each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its federal partners designate the month of June as “National Healthy Homes Month. And it’s why organizations like Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) devote this month, and every month, to building awareness around home-based environmental health hazards and how residents can safely address hazards to make their homes healthier. Continue Reading »

Keep an eye on this webpage and follow us on social media for regular updates.

What Does “A Healthy Home at Any Age” Mean?

This year’s Healthy Homes Month theme, A Healthy Home @ Any Age, stresses the importance of healthy homes for any resident, at any age, in any house—old or new, especially for families with children and older adults.

The recent Healthy People 2020 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion states, “children and older adults with physical limitations may be especially susceptible to negative health outcomes when living in poor quality housing.” By eliminating lead and other home hazards and creating safer, healthier living conditions across all our communities, we can ensure every child gets to school healthy and ready to learn, and every senior ages in place with health and dignity.

GHHI in the Community

Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore City Community Resource Fair
Friday, June 3
1500 Harlem Ave.
Baltimore MD 21216

Caribbean Heritage Festival 
Saturday, June 4
Bladensburg Waterfront Park—4601 Annapolis Rd.
Bladensburg, MD 20710

Northeast—Day at the Market
Wednesday, June 8 & June 29
2101 E. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
More Info

ProMedica Silent Auction to Support GHHI Partnership
Thursday, June 9
M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell St.
Baltimore MD 21230

Unity Love Outreach in Sandtown Community
Saturday, June 11
1400 block of N. Carey St.
Baltimore, MD 21216

CCI Health Services 2022 Block Part
Saturday, June 11
9220 Springhill Ln.
Greenbelt, MD 20770
More Info

Family Fun and Fitness (Games & Vaccines!)
Friday, June 17
Greater Paradise Christian Center
2900 E. Oliver St.
Baltimore, MD 21213

Enoch Pratt Free Library Equity in Funding Fair
Saturday, June 18
300 E. Patapsco Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21225

Freedom Day Juneteenth Celebration w/MCB Real Estate
Sunday, June 19
German Park—2411 Linden Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Healthy Homes Workshop Virtual Event
Tuesday, June 26
More Info

Community and Resident Resources

Home Hazards At-A-Glance

  • Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health and behavioral problems, especially in young children. Learn more
  • Radon is a radioactive gas that can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. All homes have some radon gas, but high levels can increase the risk of lung cancer. Learn more
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible deadly gas and CO poisoning symptoms are like having allergies or flu. Learn more
  • Asbestos is most common in older homes. Present in pipe and furnace insulation materials, shingles, millboard, textured paints, coating materials and floor tiles, it is proven to cause health problems. Learn more
  • Mold grows where it’s wet and can cause health problems. Find where the moisture is coming from in your home and keep it from growing back. Learn more
  • Secondhand smoke is an indoor trigger for asthma attacks. Keep your home and car smoke-free. Learn more
  • Pests—dust mites, cockroaches, mice and rats—are a serious home health and safety hazard. Get rid of them safely, without using dangerous pesticides. Learn more
  • Falls are the leading cause of deadly and non-deadly accidental injuries for people over 65. Learn how to have a safe and healthy home with this fall-prevention guide: “Preventing Falls with Healthy Homes”
  • Accidents (falls, choking, poisons) affect thousands of older adults and children. Learn more

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