Thursday, January 31, 2013

Federal Webcast Previews National and State Healthy Housing Strategies


Millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical problems.  Dilapidated structures; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and radon gas are associated with a wide range of health problems. These preventable hazards create considerable health and economic burdens. Unintentional injury, lead poisoning, asthma, radon-induced lung cancer, and lost productivity in the labor force are just a few of the effects of housing-based hazards that together can cost billions of dollars.

Senior administrations officials are releasing Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action. This federal strategy unifies activities to advance healthy housing and promotes strategies to control and prevent major housing-related hazards in a cost-effective manner. Senior leaders will discuss their agency’s work relating to the Strategy’s vision and goals. Agency personnel will discuss the Strategy’s five goals and will be joined by other stakeholders working to reduce the number of American homes with residential health and safety hazards. And representatives from HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing will announce new radon testing and mitigation requirements.

Colorado partners may view a webcast of the release at noon MST Feb. 4 by going to www.HUD.gov/healthyhomes. Colorado healthy housing advocates will respond to the new federal strategy with an event scheduled for early March.

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