The Healthy Homes Coalition employs three key strategies to eliminate harmful housing conditions to improve children's health and wellbeing: home visits, education and outreach, and advocacy for change. Our advocacy strategy works at all levels and is highly collaborative.



The Healthy Homes Coalition partners with the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition facilitated by the National Center for Healthy Housing.  Through these partnerships, the Healthy Homes Coalition has been active and vocal in sustaining federal appropriations for lead and healthy housing programming through HUD, has responded to cuts in the CDC's childhood lead poisoning program, and has kept an eye on preserving the integrity of the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting rule.  Advocacy activities have included meeting with legislators and their staff and mobilizing local partners and constituents for action.



The Healthy Homes Coalition is an active member of the Michigan Alliance for Lead-Safe Housing, the group that was successful in securing a renewed $1.25 million investment of State dollars into lead hazard control.  Historically the Healthy Homes Coalition has been very active in Lansing, providing testimony to legislators and supporting numerous bills that have been enacted into law to support children's health.  Healthy Homes is also a member of the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.



The Healthy Homes Coalition partners with local groups to support sound policy, investment and partnership at the local level.  Most recently, Healthy Homes successfully partnered with numerous organizations to seek an expansion of the City of Grand Rapids rental certification program to include single-family rental homes.  See the report in the Resources section to the right.


With Partners

The Healthy Homes Coalition recognizes that solutions come not only from advocating with government, but also in promoting best practices within the non-profit sector.  To that end, the Healthy Homes Coalition works with non-profit organizations working in housing, weatherization, early childhood, healthcare and elsewhere to ensure that direct service strategies are promoting children's health and wellbeing with the utmost efficiency.  We believe that collaboration is a key strategy for the non-profit sector to maximize the resources so generously entrusted to us by our supporters.


Did You Know...

Sprays and foggers only kill 5% of pest populations and leave poisonous chemicals around the home.


MDHHS Healthy Homes Statewide Strategic Plan(2.9 MB)

State of Michigan plan for promoting healthy housing. Focuses on lead poisoning, asthma, unintentional injury, and lung cancer. Published in 2012.

MacArthur Foundation "How Housing Matters" Research Brief(171 KB)

Poor Quality Housing Is Tied to Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems

Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.


Why Parent Voices Matter More

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoned were told in local news this past week.

These two stories represent the voices of parents whose children are directly affected by the threat of lead poisoning in the community. They are just two of thousands more in the city.

Asthma: The Overlooked Housing Hazard

While efforts to fix lead paint hazards in Grand Rapids are currently in process and in the news, it’s important to remember that asthma is another major health concern for children in the city.

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