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Policy Priorities

Our Top Priorities

  1. Payment / reimbursement from health care payers including CMS for healthy homes interventions
  2. Adoption of Green and Healthy Homes standard that includes removing toxic materials from housing rehabilitation
  3. Non-energy benefits (NEBs) of energy efficiency/weatherization work tracked by state and federal programs

Our Legislative Priorities

Support funding for green and healthy homes including:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Asthma Control Programs
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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)

  • Greater flexibility to address health and safety hazards beyond lead
  • Expanding the eligible grant recipients to nonprofits
  • Making it easier and more efficient for families to apply for the HUD grant programs

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
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