Home Visits

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. Below are descriptions of our home visiting programs.

Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids

Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids is a home visiting program designed to make children's housing healthier by providing home assessments and resources to parents. Through the program, community health educators provide in-home visits to low-income families with young children to help identify and address environmental health hazards in the home. The families are educated about the hazards found and then work with staff to create an action plan to eliminate those hazards. Activities are tailored to the family’s needs and may include teaching dust wipe sampling for lead, identifying and reducing asthma triggers, installation of smoke alarms or a carbon monoxide detector, radon testing, teaching lead-specific cleaning methods, and more.

Qualifications: The family must live in a pre-1978 home within the Grand Rapids metro area, have a child birth through age five in home, and be low to moderate income (≤80% of area median income).

 

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) uses an environmentally and family-friendly approach to eliminate roaches and rodents from homes without using toxic bombs or sprays. Healthy Homes works with families and teaches them simple strategies to eliminate pests and prevent them from coming back.

Qualifications: The family must have child with asthma or allergies in home, live in the Grand Rapids metro area, and be low to moderate income (≤80% of area median income).

 

Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation.

As resources are available, the Healthy Homes Coalition provides FREE smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector installations in the home.

Qualifications: The family must live in the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood or Wyoming and have a resident child under 14 years of age.

 

To participate in any of these services, contact the Healthy Homes Coalition.

 

Did You Know...

Most local housing codes require a smoke detector in every sleeping room.

Resources

IRS Form 990 (2015)(231 KB)

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

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.