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Getting It Done: Advancing State Level Healthy Housing Policy Through Effective Multi-Sector Collaboration

David D. Fukuzawa

The Kresge Foundation


The connection between the health and dwelling of the population is the most important one that exists

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)


“Connections between health & housing for low income people need to be intentional. This doesn’t happen by serendipity.”

Michael Rubinger, LISC

WSJ, January 13, 2013 on the $100 MM Healthy Futures Fund, with financing from Morgan Stanley


  • One out of three metro area homes has at least one healthy & safety hazard

  • National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH 2009)


Advancing Safe & Healthy Housing Initiative

Houses

Housing

communities


ASHHI Sites


Building the healthy housing toolkit

Tools

Health impact assessments (HIAs)

Medical Legal Partnerships (MLPs)

Healthy development toolkits

PolicyLink-

ChangeLab Solutions


More slides to follow here on specific resources for local, regional policy


The California Healthy Housing Coalition

Membership Includes:

  • Housing rights and social justice organizations;

  • Health care and public health advocacy groups;

  • County and municipal healthy housing programs and building inspectors;

  • Indoor air quality experts


The California Healthy Housing Coalition

  • Goals and Principles:

    • Provide resources, expertise, and advocacy for statewide policies to promote and protect healthy housing

    • Particular emphasis on low income and communities of color, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations


Building Trust and Common Priorities

2009

  • Local meetings

  • State symposium

    2010

  • Formational Meeting

  • Provisions Steering Committee

  • Policy Workgroups

    2011

  • Annual Meeting – Adoption of Coalition Guidelines

Further details about the formation of the coalition can be found:

www.nchh.org/Policy/Policy-Projects/Healthy-Housing-in-California.aspx

http://www.nchh.org/Portals/0/Contents/CA_Symposia_Report_Aug_2009.pdf


Themes

Human Rights

  • Local code enforcement

  • Statewide codes and legislation

  • Accountability

  • Housing needs to be green, healthy AND affordable

  • Research (data collection and health outcomes)

  • Building political will

Civil Rights

Health Disparities

Urban, suburban, rural


State Policy Agenda

  • Address substandard housing

  • Increase access to green, healthy, and affordable housing

  • Establish evidence-based healthy housing indicators


SB 488

Signed by Governor Brown

August 12, 2013

How did we do it?


Story of Students in San Diego

  • Identified a problem (fall 2011):

  • California Health and Safety Code 17920.3(12):

  • Infestation of insects, vermin, or rodents as

  • determined by a health officer

  • Got local media attention

  • Developed a solution

  • Talked with some stakeholders

  • Pitched a bill with a local representative in Sacramento (winter 2012)

…but they didn’t get any traction


A “Simple” Fix


What We Got

  • Infestation of insects, vermin, or rodents as determined by a health officer or, if an agreement does not exist with an agency that has a health officer, the infestation can be determined by a code enforcement officer, as defined in Section 829.5 of the Penal Code, upon successful completion of a course of study in the appropriate subject matter as determined by the local jurisdiction.


Key Lessons

  • Multi-Sector Partnerships

    • Buy-in from key stakeholders

    • Broad base of support

  • Politically Feasible Solution

    • No costs, no new rules

  • Early Coalition Building


What’s Next for CHHC?


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