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

Job Opening - FEMA Worker

The Healthy Homes Coalition has an opening for a FEMA Field Worker.  We are seeking a Spanish-speaking (conversational) candidate to work 24 hours/week.


FEMA Awards Healthy Homes Coalition $51,451 for Fire Safety Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an award of $51,451 on September 9, 2016 to the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to make 400 homes safer for children. The award will allow the Healthy Homes Coalition to teach fire safety and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in 400 homes.


Matthew Breathes Easier!

This spring, our Healthy Housing Specialist Jennifer Spiller began working with Luom and her 5-year-old son, Matthew. Matthew’s asthma was causing him to have a lot of sleepless nights from waking up coughing. Luom was already working with Matthew’s doctor and the Asthma Network of West Michigan to control his asthma, and Healthy Homes was invited to assess their home to see if his environment might be worsening his symptoms.