National Healthy Homes Month is underway. Each June, this month highlights the impacts of hazards in the home as well as how families can prevent them. Some common household hazards include:
- Moisture and mold
- Poor ventilation
- Poor air quality
- Hazardous lead paint
In fact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates more than 60,000 public housing units contain lead paint. You can learn more about HUD’s efforts to make public housing safer here.
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes will partner with organizations nationwide during National. Healthy Homes Month. Moreover, these partnerships will help educate residents on the importance of safety at home. As a matter of fact, this year’s theme, “The Power of Partnerships,” highlights HUD’s success in creating lasting partnerships that address childhood lead safety and build healthy homes nationwide.
“Working with our local partners is vital to addressing housing related health and safety hazards, whether it’s in big cities or in rural and other settings,” says HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “During the pandemic, when outreach was challenging as many people sheltered at home, our partners and many others continued to implement our programs to help residents maintain safe and healthy homes.”
Furthermore, Secretary Fudge points to National Healthy Homes Month partnerships helping eliminate unhealthy housing, strengthening communities, and preserving affordable housing. In addition, fudge says this will help ensure future generations reach their full potential.
You can learn more about National Healthy Homes Month, as well as find free resources including webinars all month long here.