Raise the Standards on Lead

Recently the National Center for Healthy Housing provided the “TACTIC Report” to the City of Grand Rapids, uncovering missed opportunities and potential for Grand Rapids to raise the standard for healthier housing for children. 


Tasha's Story Helps Bring Change

When Tasha began attending Parents for Healthy Homes’ Monday Matters meetings, she wasn’t sure where she fit in. Tasha’s son was poisoned by lead in the ’90s. At the meetings, she found strength in learning she wasn’t the only one that had to fight for her child.

She says, “you don’t find a lot of parent groups that have the support, and they’re trying to take action... there is a small group of us, but we fight for so many parents.”


Spotlight: Lisa's Peer Education visits take off!

Lisa Matthews' reputation as a connected community member precedes her—she has helped her neighbors access and navigate area resources for years.  Lisa dedicates her time to a lot of important community work. One priority is providing her neighbors with lead education visits. She has been instrumental in helping the peer education group she is a member of complete 44 peer-to-peer lead education visits in a matter of months.


Seven Equity Impacts Related to Childhood Lead Poisoning

Equity Analysis of Lead Policies Consensus Conference in Chicago identified seven equity impacts related to children being exposed to lead.


Parents win BIG Victory!

On Thursday, April 25, the Kent County Board of Commissioners approved funding for two staff positions to investigate homes that are lead-poisoning children. Landlords who fail to act to be held accountable.


Don't Be Too Cool For School

Guest Blogger Megan Kretz of the Kent Country Department of Public Works shares her tips for keeping kids safe this summer.


Direct Services Program Manager Jenn Spiller Accepts Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellowship

Jenn has accomplished many exciting things since starting with Healthy Homes in 2011, but she’s outdone herself this time. This spring, she’s been accepted as a fellow at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, pursuing a Masters in Public Health, focusing on environmental challenges.


Thank You, Steelcase Foundation, for Lifting Parent Voices

We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation. Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices.

Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard, and having a seat at the table.


Local Family Shares Their Positive Experience with Get The Lead Out Program

Javonte Tubbs, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, recently had repairs on his home completed by the Get the Lead Out program to get rid of lead hazards, and he would recommend to anyone considering it. 


Just the Standard: The Lead Expectation

Lead poisoning in children is an unfortunate and pervasive standard across the United States. Affected children can be found easily within any major city, any state, any region. 3,810 neighborhood areas have recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, including our own in Grand Rapids.


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