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Healthy Homes Detroit. The Goal: Make 120+ homes healthy and safe Aligning partner resources Build community awareness Develop a replicable model. 29 Healthy Homes Hazards (as defined by HUD). Lead Water Supply Asbestos Damp & Mold

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healthy homes detroit
Healthy Homes Detroit

The Goal:

  • Make 120+ homes healthy and safe
  • Aligning partner resources
  • Build community awareness
  • Develop a replicable model
29 healthy homes hazards as defined by hud
29 Healthy Homes Hazards (as defined by HUD)

Lead Water Supply Asbestos Damp & Mold

Trips/Falls Excess Heat Excess Cold Pests

Indoor Air Quality Biocides Structural Collapse

Carbon Monoxide VOCs Uncombusted Fuel Gas

Radiation Fire/Hot Surfaces Crowding & Space

Entry by Intruders Lighting Pests/Home Hygiene

Food Safety Sanitation & Drainage Electrical

Entrapment Explosions Noise Ergonomics

what do we do in a home
What do we do in a home?
  • Meet family
  • Assess home
  • Create Family Action Plan
  • Education
  • Give health, safety & green products
  • Minor repairs
  • Align partner resources
what do we do in a typical home
What do we do in a typical home?
  • TIER ONE Products:
    • Asthma Prevention (mattress covers, HEPAvacuum, containers)
    • Lead (cleaning kit and instructions)
    • Mold/Moisture (dehumidifier)
    • Installed: Smoke Detector/CO detector/Fire Extinguisher
    • Safety: baby safety products; fire escape plan
  • TIER TWO Repairs:

- Asthma Prevention: Carpet Removal; IPM

- Mold/Moisture: Minor roof repair, gutters, caulking

- Safety: railings, new windows, electrical repair, steps

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What do we do in a typical home?
  • TIER THREE: Partnerships Make the Difference
  • Lead Grants with Detroit Planning and Development & MDCH
  • Boarding up homes with WSU Center for Urban Studies
  • Weatherization with Michigan Community Action Agency Association
  • Home Energy Consultations with DTE Energy
  • Smoke and CO Detectors from Children’s Hospital
  • Home Repair Grants with Citizens Bank
  • Asthma Home Visits by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation/MI
healthy homes detroit accomplishments
Healthy Homes Detroit Accomplishments
  • 69 families enrolled
    • 20 Skillman/Kresge funding
    • 49 HUD Grant
  • 63 homes assessed
  • 40 homes completed

includes Kresge/Skillman Pilot & HUD to date

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Healthy Homes Detroit Accomplishments

Number and Types of Repairs

~Moisture/Mold:Roofs/Gutters/Tubs: 26

~Safety/Stairs—Porches : 12

~Basic Weatherization: 11

~Safety/Electrical: 6

~Safety/Asbestos: 3

~Integrated Pest Management: 5

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Healthy Homes Detroit Accomplishments
  • Referrals to Partners:
    • MCAAA Weatherization Program: 19
    • Asthma Home Visit referrals 16
    • Energy Visits: DTE & WARM 10
    • Lead: PDD and MDCH 4
and of note
And…of note…
  • 16 houses are Repeat Offender Houses (2 or more lead poisonings)
  • 3 CO Incidents
  • 2 fires prevented
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Healthy Homes Detroit


Physical Improvements

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Asbestos remediation to prepare a home for weatherization

Photo courtesy of Majestic Contractors

barriers to success
Barriers to Success
  • Leaking Roofs
  • Uncertainty of Weatherization Dollars
  • Large cost of Lead Fixes/Enforcement
  • Unpaid Property Taxes
  • High Cost of Repairing Units
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Barriers to Success
  • Roofs and large houses in disrepair=


~No Weatherization Grants

barriers to success2
Barriers to Success
  • Uncertain Weatherization Dollars=

~cold/high energy bills/shut offs/’dirty’ air

~No WAP grants if: asbestos, roof leaks, water

in basement

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Barriers to Success
  • Lead Issues
    • Costly
    • Some houses without kids under 6
    • Many houses behind on taxes
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Barriers to Success

Lead Issues

  • Wayne County Prosecutors Office enforcing the Michigan Landlord Penalty Law
  • Since 2005, 244 properties have been remediated due to WCPO
  • Have 119 open files
  • Need funding to keep this effort moving
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Barriers to Success
  • Unpaid Property Taxes
    • No Lead Fixes
    • Less mold/moisture repairs
    • More asthma
    • No PDD Lead Grants
    • No Citizens Bank Grants
    • Foreclosure and Homelessness

Thank you for helping to make homes in Detroit safer, healthier, and more energy efficient!