Healthy Housing Goes Global


In November of 2018, the World Health Organization stepped firmly into the healthy housing world when it released its WHO Housing and Health Guidelines. While local conditions are different all over the world, the strategies WHO suggests are universal and certainly apply to Grand Rapids.

According to WHO, in order to improve housing conditions, we need to:

  1. Define standards, regulations and building codes that protect residents’ health
  2. Work across nationals, regional, and local levels
  3. Collaborate across sectors such as housing, health and energy
  4. Involve partners from the public, private and civil society sectors including public health professionals, social housing services, consumer protection agencies, architects, urban planners, construction industry, policy-makers, home owners.

Sound familiar? At the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, we take these guidelines as a ringing endorsement of what we do!