The Healthy Homes Coalition is a proud partner of the Get the Lead Out! program. More than 1,200 homes have had lead hazards abated through this financial assistance program.  Click here to learn more.

Healthy Homes
Coalition of West Michigan

Our mission is to improve children's health and wellbeing by eliminating harmful housing conditions.  We achieve that mission through policy and advocacy, outreach and education, direct services, and continuous collaboration.

The Issues:

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Lead

Hundreds of Kent County children are needlessly poisoned by lead every year. To help children thrive and succeed in life, we need to ensure that the homes where they live are free from lead hazards. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. The Healthy Homes Coalition helps make homes lead safe so children are protected.

Did You Know...

Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

News & Events:

What's the Deal with Lead Poisoning in the 49507 Zip Code?

Late last week, the Michigan Department of Community Health publicly released childhood lead poisoning data for 2013.  At the Healthy Homes Coalition, we were shocked to see that the 49507 zip code in Grand Rapids topped the list for the number of children lead-poisoned in any one zip code in the state of Michigan. In this zip code, more than 150 children were reported with lead poisoning.  What does this mean for Grand Rapids and the impact of the Get the Lead Out! program?

Read this blog post to learn more about what this means for Grand Rapids.


2013 State of Michigan Lead Data

Did you know that Grand Rapids’ 49507 zip code leads state for number of lead-poisoned children in 2013, according to a report recently released by the Michigan Department of Community Health?  More than Detroit zip codes.  More work to do, Grand Rapids! #gettheleadoutgr


Report: Stress from Living in Poor Quality Housing Impacts Children's Wellbeing

According to recent issue brief published by the MacArthur Foundation, parents’ stress from living in poor quality and unstable homes takes a toll on children’s wellbeing. The brief, entitled Poor Quality Housing Is Tied to Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems, examines how housing characteristics impact the wellbeing of children and families.