Mission Statement

The mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition is to improve children's health and wellbeing by eliminating harmful housing conditions.

Vision Statement

All children will grow up in healthy homes free of environmental hazards, accomplished through policy and advocacy, outreach and education, direct services, and continuous collaboration.

Values and Operating Principles

Leadership - We will be the most trusted and respected resource in children's environmental health.

Health and Wellbeing - We will promote children's potential by ensuring their environmental safety.

Collaboration - We will continuously seek to expand our impact by working with others.

Respect - We will provide culturally sensitive services to all in a way that respects dignity.

Empowering Families - We will use a family-centered approach to provide tools, resources, and knowledge to families.

Environmental Justice - We will seek to promote environmental justice and health equity in all of our actions.

Best Practice - We will use evidence-based and data-driven methods in all our services and efforts.

Integrity - We will be above reproach in all our personal and professional relationships.

Visibility - We will be first in mind for those seeking to improve children's environmental health.

Sustainability - We will continuously learn and be proactive in regards to people, planet, and profit. 

 

Did You Know...

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Resources

Healthy Homes Coalition Strategic Plan(2.7 MB)

Strategic Plan for 2014

IRS Form 990 (2015)(231 KB)

Federal tax form for the year ending June 30, 2015.

Governor Appoints Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director to Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board

GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board created by Executive Order on June 10.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this important role,” said Haan. “We have a 15 year history of effectively fighting childhood lead poisoning in west Michigan, and I look forward to leveraging that knowledge in service to all the children of Michigan. Our goal will be to help focus this work on solving the root environmental causes of lead poisoning, including lead-based paint, lead-laden soil, and tainted water. It’s not enough to just test and treat kids. We have to get at the source.”


Healthy Homes is Hiring

The Healthy Homes Coalition is seeking diverse, energetic applicants interested in fighting for safe housing for Grand Rapid's children. The right candidate will be passionate about keeping children safe and will be driven to get results that matter for kids. This work is on the front lines of the fight for equity and social justice for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, or household income.

Please help us spread the word!


Healthy Homes and KCHD Seek Answers to 30% Increase in Lead Poisoned Kids in GR in 2015

On March 14, 2016, the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) spoke with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin exploring why there was a 30% increase in the number of children with elevated blood lead test results in Kent County in 2015. In 2014 there were 470 children with blood lead levels ≥5.0 ug/dL* in Kent County. In 2015, that number rose dramatically to 610 children. The initial request on that day was to review historical data to identify potential abnormalities related to WIC testing sites in the City of Grand Rapids, geography (zip codes), and time of year (quarter).