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HUD Announces Winners of 2018 Healthy Homes Awards

Model programs in Baltimore, MD, Fort Collins, CO, Milwaukee, WI, and a Research Study Earn HUD Secretary’s Award

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes.

For the fourth consecutive year, HUD and NEHA identified outstanding local programs and research that promote healthier housing through education, partnering, and innovative practices.  HUD has a strong partnership with NEHA based on a common vision of creating healthier home environments by working across the health, environment, and housing sectors.  The award was initiated in 2015 to showcase results achieved under a wide range of housing and indoor environmental health programs.

Nominations and applications were received from academic institutions, state government agencies, housing authorities, and community-based organizations. NEHA’s Technical Advisors, a distinguished six-judge panel representing a cross-section of experts for the healthy homes community evaluated entries.

Criteria for winning the awards include demonstration of the health impact on population, policy/program innovations, impact on the physical environment, economic sustainability, partnership/collaboration, and measurability.

The Awardees are:

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Baltimore, MD (Cross-Program)

Founded in 1986, GHHI has grown to be a national leader in the healthy homes and integrated and health and energy field.  In 1999, GHHI launched one of the nation’s first healthy homes programs that offered resident education, environment assessment and housing interventions to remediate asthma triggers, household injury risks and other homes-based environmental health hazards.  Since 1993, GHHI has directly served more than 20,000 clients and completed over 4,000 healthy homes interventions in the homes of low income families in Baltimore City as well as providing technical assistance to 45 cities and states on successful healthy homes strategies.

GHHI has worked with jurisdictions to generate over $300 million in philanthropic, private, corporate support and public support for healthy homes services.

You may read the full press release at HUD

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