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.


IRS Form 990 (2015)(231 KB)

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

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.

(Photo Credit: PracticalCures.com)