This month the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) kicked off National Healthy Homes Month. This year’s theme, “Healthy Housing for All” highlights the importance of safe and healthy living in your home, no matter your address.
As families continue to shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the observance of June as National Healthy Homes Month is timely. Sponsored by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), the designation makes June a great time to educate families about potential health hazards in a home and empower them to create the healthiest environment possible for their families.
To highlight the theme of the month, HUD Secretary Ben Carson is releasing a podcast series outlining the “8 Principles of a Healthy Home.” The series includes helpful information for families and individuals about home health hazards such as lead, mold, and carbon monoxide from subject matter experts across the Department. The podcast is available to stream on HUD’s website.
This year’s theme, Healthy Housing for All, is based on the accessibility of healthy homes and the reality that most steps to ensuring a home healthy are low cost and easy to do. Health in housing is important for homes in rural and urban areas, and across widely differing economic groups and housing types, no matter their location.
HUD, along with its partners, works to raise awareness among the general public about a variety of potential health hazards in homes, provide effective healthy homes educational tools, and encourage preventive actions.
HUD in Region II, New York and New Jersey, is also inviting all residents to join HUD’s webinar “Keep Your Home Healthy and Safe”, featuring HUD Healthy Homes Representative Susan Horowitz, and HUD Senior Management Analyst Earleene Sealy who will provide important information on how to spot hazards in your home and tips on how to ensure it is safe for all. HUD Regional Administrator Lynne Patton will provide opening remarks. Join HUD on Wednesday, June 24, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Register here: http://www.hud.gov/emarc/index.cfm?fuseaction=emar.registerEvent&eventId=3906&update=N
In addition to Secretary Carson’s podcast and Region II’s webinar, a series of webinars will be held by HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes throughout the month. These webinars are designed to help educators and other stakeholders to stay abreast of healthy homes guidelines and emerging issues. In addition, a digital toolkit is available online to help stakeholders understand the importance of healthy homes as it relates to overall health. While the pandemic is still impacting communities, the digital toolkit provides guidance on conducting education virtually. The toolkit is downloadable on HUD’s website. Additional resources about health in housing is available through resources provided by HUD’s partners:
- National Lead Information Center, 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) toll free (711 TTY)
- Conduct a home self-test at https://healthyhomes.fcgov.com/ (courtesy of the City of Ft. Collins, Colorado)
- Download the Healthy Homes Basics App at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/healthy-homes-basic/id1092367352
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available online at www.hud.gov and www.espanol.hud.gov
Visit www.HUD.gov/coronavirus for resources related to COVID-19.