Healthy Homes Protects Overlooked Children


In the coming weeks, the Healthy Homes Coalition will be re-launching its fire safety program in a special campaign to reach Spanish-speaking families in the city of Wyoming. Healthy Homes has chosen to focus efforts on these families because they are underserved by existing fire safety programs. While the City of Grand Rapids has a large FEMA-funded fire safety program, the City of Wyoming does not. Past programming at the Healthy Homes Coalition revealed that Spanish-speaking families are seeking services, but they are often missed due to language and other barriers. The Healthy Homes Coalition initiative will be fully bi-lingual and bi-cultural, enlisting the support of paid peer educators from within the community being served. Base funding is being provided by FEMA, with matching support from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and funding yet to be raised. If you’d like to support this project, contact Healthy Homes Executive Director Paul Haan at (616) 241-3300.