Archived Policy Projects

National Policy Updates

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
In February 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which offered unprecedented opportunities and challenges for energy, housing, and health professionals.

Celebrate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Held October 21-27, 2012 at multiple sites nationwide.

EPA Responds to Advocacy Pressure to Regulate Formadehyde in Homes
In June 2008, EPA agreed to a series of investigative steps to move closer to national standards for reducing formaldehyde in housing, based on a petition to extend the California standards nationally.

State and Local Policy Updates

California Healthy Housing Coalition
Second Annual California Healthy Housing Coalition General Meeting was held in Sacramento, CA,
January 24-25, 2011.

National Policy Projects

Proposals to Improve Manufactured Housing
NCHH submitted four proposals in November 2007 to make manufactured housing healthier. The proposals addressed ventilation, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and toilet rooms.

State and Local Policy Projects

Health Impact Assessment
Health impact assessment (HIA) is a fast-growing field that helps policymakers to take advantage of opportunities by bringing together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to identify the potential—and often overlooked—health effects of proposed new laws, regulations, projects, and programs. It offers practical recommendations for ways to minimize risks and capitalize upon opportunities to improve health. HIA gives federal, tribal, state, and local legislators, public agencies, and other decision makers the information they need to advance smarter policies today to help build safe, thriving communities tomorrow.

Healthy Housing Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Initiative
This initiative provided technical assistance (TA) and/or capacity building to solve a specific challenge or barrier to advancing healthy housing. Successful applicants received 50 hours of TA from NCHH staff over a period of up to six months (between early December 2012 and May 31, 2013), one site visit (if needed) from NCHH staff to provide in-person TA and support, and the opportunity to participate in four “learning network” webinars with other program participants. These meetings provided targeted trainings, highlighted relevant opportunities for healthy homes, and shared new research.

Grassroots Advocacy Network
With the support of The Kresge Foundation, NCHH expanded its efforts to eradicate unhealthy living conditions through a new initiative called the Grassroots Advocacy Network for Healthy Housing. The Grassroots Advocacy Network developed local solutions to the challenging problem of substandard housing and neighborhoods. NCHH facilitated peer communication, offered technical assistance and capacity building support, disseminated promising practices in organizing and housing policy, and provided opportunities for involvement in national advocacy work.

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