March 23, 2018
The Congressional Omnibus FY2018 Budget, signed today by the President, brings excellent news for advancing green and healthy housing in the U.S. The Budget includes substantial increases in lead, healthy homes and weatherization related funding. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and its partners across the country have called for these increases for well over a decade. In 2016, GHHI specifically called for the $230,000,000 in funds for the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes in its Strategic Plan to End Childhood Lead Poisoning – A Blueprint for Action. This call for funding was further supported by the National Lead Summit Call to Action, and published strategies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Earth Justice, National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition and the Pew Charitable Trust Report (for which GHHI served as an advisor).
On behalf of every family, child and community who will benefit from healthier, safer homes, we applaud the members of the US Senate and House who stood up for healthy homes. We also thank those at HUD, DOE, EPA and CDC who have held firm in their continued commitment to lead poisoning prevention, the reduction of home-based environmental health hazards and addressing poorly weatherized homes. The federal budget provides funding to preserve and increase critical lead hazard reduction, healthy homes and weatherization programs that serve low income families. Highlights include:
- $230 million allocated for HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes for lead hazard control and healthy housing interventions. This funding includes $45 million for the Healthy Homes Initiatives. This is an $85 million increase.
- $35 million in funding for CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. This is an $18 million increase. CDC’s $29 million budget for asthma held firm at $29 million.
- $246 million is allocated for DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program – a $23 million increase.
Thanks to all our partners on the ground across the nation – including our Mayors, nonprofits, housing agencies, energy efficiency partners and health sector partners for pulling together on these recommendations and budget advancements. These programs directly address critical social determinants of health, help improve school attendance, grade level reading, housing stability and long-term health and earnings for residents in our most vulnerable communities. This is a big victory for investments in the health of America’s families as we work to make sure every child and every senior lives in a healthy, safe and energy efficient home.
Other noteworthy funding allocations for programs that provide resources and support for housing rehabilitation, healthy homes or weatherization that can be aligned with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative integrated model across the country include:
- Increased funding for HUD’s HOME Program by $412 million and the CDBG Program by $300 million.
- Increased funding for the HHS LIHEAP Program by $250 million.
- The Budget maintains funding for the EPA’s healthy homes programs, CDC’s National Asthma Control Program and CDC’s National Environmental Health Tracking Network.
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Stay tuned for our upcoming webinar on the Omnibus Budget.
President and CEO
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative