When homes fall into disrepair the conditions are dangerous to human heath, and children are the most vulnerable. This is why housing code violations fall under health and safety rules. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by these conditions due to the challenge of securing safe, affordable housing in an unjust socioeconomic environment. Examples of serious health threats from deferred building maintanence include: poisoning from lead, carbon monoxide (CO), radon gas, and chemical pesticides; cancer from asbestos; and asthma triggers such as mold spores and pest infestations. Pests can also spread infectious disease, and even cause permanent physical impairmentHealthy Homes Collaborative is an association of community-based organizations (CBOs) committed to eliminating environmental health threats in homes and communities. We do this through: 1) evidence-based policy-making: using research to draft better regulations; and 2) policy implementation: developing rule-enforcement infrastructure through hiring, education, and capacity building for stakeholders, collaborating with tenants, homeowners, landlords, contractors, CBOs, and government agencies.
Healthy Homes Collaborative, P.O. Box 31796, Los Angeles, CA 90031 P: (323)221-8320 F: (323)226-9587 http://www.lahhc.org