The Healthy Homes program area of the Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative (BHHSC) advocates for affordable and healthy housing safe from environmental hazards such as lead and environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke). We recognize that underserved populations are at risk of living in homes that lack proper ventilation, are subject to pest infestations, and/or contain lead.
We take two approaches in addressing these concerns: 1) by giving the members and constituents of community-based organizations training, technical assistance, and other resources for promoting green and healthy housing, and 2) by collaborating with local governing bodies and housing authorities in order to promote and implement housing policies and regulations that promote health. These approaches include:
- supporting research on elevated lead levels in drinking water;
- advocating for smoke-free housing in multi-unit residential buildings in Boston;
- and seeking to increase awareness about the guidelines for affordable, healthy, and green housing in Boston.
Currently, the Healthy Homes Committee is implementing two major initiatives toward improving access to healthy, affordable housing. They are: