Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.
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.
This fall, Healthy Homes is starting a new lead education program to help any local family who wants to learn more about lead, and how to manage lead hazards in their home.
Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.