Advocacy

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.

 

Federal

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.

 

State

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.

 

Local

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.

Resources

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

Join the Healthy Homes Team! Job Openings.

Healthy Homes has a number of job openings. We will be hiring an Administrative Assistant to begin work July 1 or sooner. We are also taking resumes for a Public Relations position and a Community Organizing position, with projected start dates in July.  All positions are full time.

 


Healthy Homes Issues Lead In Water Report

The Healthy Homes Coalition partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund in 2016 to take a deep look into the safety of drinking water in Grand Rapids. Specifically, the groups were interested in knowing if street reconstruction including the replacement of water mains was posing any danger to the residents of Grand Rapids. In other cities, this kind of construction has been known to raise the content of lead in water above safe levels. Could the same be said of Grand Rapids


Michigan Legislature Considers Lead Appropriations and Policy

While much of the media coverage about the Flint water crisis has died down, there is much activity in Lansing in regards to childhood lead poisoning. Most notable at this time is the Governor's request for $2 million in funding for the newly formed Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. This request is working its way through the legislature, with the House and the Senate both offering different perspectives. There are also six bills that have been introduced to address lead exposure.