In Case of Emergency

If someone is having negative health effects from mold exposure, contact their primary health care provider.  The doctor may recommend consultation with an allergy, asthma, or infectious disease specialist for additional information and treatment.

Mold & Moisture

The Healthy Homes Coalition offers mold and moisture assessments for families in the Grand Rapids area that have children with asthma. Click here for our page on asthma triggers. 

Contact us for more information or to sign up for our Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids program.


About Mold & Moisture

Mold can grow anywhere it has adequate moisture and food, including walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and concrete.  It is usually found in areas that have been flooded, areas with leaky pipes, or areas with high condensation such as bathrooms and basements.


Who is at Risk?

As well as being a trigger for asthma and allergic reactions, people with weakened immune systems (children, elderly and those recovering from surgery) may be more vulnerable to health effects from molds.



When mold becomes a problem in the home, the moisture that is causing the mold problem needs to be addressed before efforts to clean up the existing mold will be successful.

Once the moisture problem has been addressed, the existing mold can be removed.  The EPA suggests that if the area is less than ten square feet it is a job you can do your self.  Those involved with the cleanup project should wear rubber gloves, goggles, and an N-95 respirator.  Hard, non-porous surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water and dried immediately.  Any porous or absorbent surface that is affected by mold, such as drywall, fabrics, or upholstered furniture, should be removed and replaced.

A professional who has extensive training and experience should deal with areas larger than ten square feet. Since there is no government certification program, be sure to check reference and compare multiple bids. Be wary of contractors who offer testing and abatement in one package.  It is often better if the firm conducting the testing has not relationship to the firm making the repairs.

For more information, contact the Healthy Homes Coalition.


Did You Know...

Dehumidifiers help reduce mold growth.


Facts About Mold(274 KB)

Indepth information from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

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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