Healthy Homes are:
Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
Studies show a relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can cause other health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children and elderly adults, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and secondhand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 535,000 U.S. children.
Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problems related to prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.
This project forges a new network in which health and housing groups can affect policy and environment problems in Cleveland. Expected impacts include: increased use of healthy home data; support of healthy housing policy; ability for public health officials to target resources; and code enforcement to areas of greatest need.