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.


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.


Lead Hazards are Here: What Are You Prepared to Do?

The responsibility of dealing with lead is a tricky, complex problem without a single answer. But, WZZM’s continued coverage this week is a reminder of the simple truth: the kids in the community are still being hurt, and it isn’t their fault.  

So, what can you do about it?

 

 


Tabitha Talks: Lead Education Day

 

 

 


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.


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