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Healthy Homes Program

Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program (Healthy Homes) understands that the places and conditions in which children live shape their lives and their health. Toxins and hazards often found in older or poorly maintained homes, such as lead-based paint, mold, and unsafe windows or stairs, can cause children and their families to get sick or injured.

Recognizing the impact that housing has on children’s lives, Healthy Homes seeks to improve the well-being of children by constructing a strong foundation for them to thrive. With support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Connecticut Department of Housing, Healthy Homes focuses on activities and initiatives that enhance the quality, stability and affordability of housing. The program strives to prevent housing-related issues. It also strives to catch and correct any problems as early as possible. In doing so, the program helps to strengthen health and development outcomes in children’s earliest years and establishes a platform for health throughout their lives.

Core Activities:

  • Provide support to improve living conditions for families: Working with a team of licensed and certified experts, Healthy Homes assesses homes and develops a scope of work to address housing-related health hazards, such as lead-based paint, mold, asbestos, and injury risks. With that scope of work, the program works with property owners and contractors to complete the work to strict specifications in accordance with federal, state, and local environmental and building regulations.
  • Educate families on the importance of maintaining a healthy home and connect families to community resources: Healthy Homes staff engages families using a strength-based approach to link them to needed resources. The program partners with state and local organizations that provide a range of services to address medical and social needs, including:
    • asthma education
    • nutrition assistance
    • job readiness programs
    • energy efficiency and weatherization services, and care coordination services
  • Advocate for all families to live in quality, stable, and affordable housing: A growing body of research shows families are more likely to thrive when living in affordable homes that are in safe, clean and stable communities. Healthy Homes works with partners such as the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) to advocate for policies that:
    • increase affordable housing in communities with significant health needs
    • improve housing quality by incentivizing developers and property managers to focus on health and well-being in design
    • construction and maintenance plans, and
    • improve access to health and housing services and supports by building bridges between health and housing professionals

Key Initiatives:

  • Asthma Care Transformation: As many as one in eight children hospitalized with uncontrolled asthma are re-admitted within six months of discharge, according to a study published in Public Health Report. Healthy Homes works with Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination and the State of Connecticut’s Putting on AIRS asthma home visiting program to explore ways to address home-based triggers that exacerbate asthma in children. The goal of this initiative is to improve health outcomes for children diagnosed with asthma while also preventing costly and stressful hospitalizations.
  • Building for Health Initiative: Healthy Homes teamed up with local partners such as LISC, Eversource, United Illuminating, and Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance to develop this cross-sector, cross-referral initiative. The initiative embraces a “no wrong door” approach so each program can work with families to resolve their initial concerns and refer them to other programs for additional supports. This eases the burden for families so they can make their homes healthier without having to locate multiple resources on their own.

Contact Us:

To learn more about Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program, call 860.837.6234. Our fax number is 860.837.6244. You may also complete the form below and a member of the Healthy Homes Program will reach out to you.

 

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