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SUBSTANDARD HOUSING conditions have been linked to higher rates of infectious disease, chronic illnesses and injuries, but millions of low-income Americans have little choice about where they live. Remedying housing deficiencies – such as water leaks, dirty carpets, pest infestations, lead residue, poor ventilation and broken staircases and windows – can significantly improve health, help people out of poverty and drive savings by reducing medical costs and stabilizing families, says Ruth Ann Norton, CEO and president of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.

Numerous Children Have Been Poisoned by Lead in Homes Approved by D.C. Housing Inspectors

The Washington Post

Chanelle Mattocks remembers everything about that night in 2014, when lead poisoned her son. She was giving Alonzo, then 3, a bath in a tub that her landlord had just painted to pass a housing inspection. She turned to find a washcloth, and when she swiveled back, she found the boy with bits of peeling paint in his mouth. She tried get it out, but it was too late.

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