National and Federal Agencies
National Programs and Federal Agencies
Many national organizations and agencies play important roles within the healthy homes field. Some of them are:
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is the industry leader in the field of healthy housing. NCHH created Healthy Housing Solutions, the National Healthy Homes Training Center and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition. NCHH sponsors on its own as well as collaborates with others on research, policy and service delivery initiatives, reports, guides, policy papers, and publications. It sponsors list-serves on lead and healthy homes and partners with key federal agencies, such as HUD, CDC, and EPA on numerous projects.
The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funds to state and local governments to reduce lead-based paint hazards (in recent years lead grants include limited funding for healthy homes assessments and treatments). The Office also enforces HUD’s lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies.
The National Healthy Homes Partnership has designed a program called Good Health Starts at Home. It builds upon the Healthy Homes initiatives and partnership of the US Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (HUD) that address housing-based health and safety risks. Its network of state coordinators have partnered with state agencies, medical professionals, schools, and community groups to educate families on home health hazards.
The Lead and Healthy Homes program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has historically funded about 35 state lead poisoning prevention programs, primarily in the area of surveillance. The CDC also hosts excellent free training a few times per year on lead poisoning prevention, partners with others on research and publications, and disseminates guidelines and recommendations.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), sets standards for dangerous levels of lead in paint, household dust and residential soil and establishes requirements that those engaged in lead elimination, risk assessments,and inspections in homes or child-occupied facilities (such as day care centers & kindergartens) built prior to 1978 be trained and certified. The EPA regulates many chemicals that are used in consumer products and homes through the Toxic Substances Control Act (asbestos and mercury for example), air and water quality, radon and pesticides.
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative was charged in 2008 by the Council on Foundations and the White House Office of Recovery to lead the national efforts to integrate lead hazard control, healthy homes and weatherization and energy efficiency work. This project later became the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative directed by the Coalition that addresses the health and energy efficiency needs of a home through a holistic intervention model.