DC Residents Need Healthy and Safe Housing

 

 

The DC Healthy Housing Collaborative is a multi-sector coalition seeking to address substandard housing conditions that contribute to significant health issues affect District of Columbia residents.

The relationship between poor housing conditions and certain health problems such as asthma and lead poisoning is well-documented.  In D.C., one’s race, income, and neighborhood too often predict the potential for poor housing conditions that can negatively influence health. The DC Healthy Housing Collaborative (DCHHC) convenes a broad range of partners representing government agencies, healthcare, public health, health insurance providers, housing services, legal services, policy advocacy groups, financial institutions, and many others, united in pursuit of policy and systems changes that will lead to healthier housing conditions.  IPHI is a core member of the DCHHC and serves as the Collaborative’s backbone organization.

We envision a DC where all housing promotes health, wellness, safety, and is affordable. DC will be a city where all are welcome and can thrive in powerful resilient and well-resourced communities.

Check Out Our 2 New Healthy Housing Videos!

We just launched two videos and resources to help residents with healthy housing challenges in their homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Keep Mice and Rodents Out of Your Home!

Keep Asthma Under Control with These Healthy Homes Tips

DCHHC Partner Resources

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IMPACT DC:

DOEE

Children’s Law Center

    • Mold Materials 
      • These include:
        • Information about your rights to have mold properly inspected and repaired under DC law
        • A sample letter to your landlord to request repairs
        • A sample letter to your landlord with COVID-specific considerations

 

DC Healthy Housing Collaborative Mission:

The Collaborative’ s mission is to work in partnership with government, non-profit, private organizations, and communities to ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy due to DC’s housing conditions.

Together, the DC Healthy Housing Collaborative will:

    • Define and communicate the meaning of healthy housing with DC residents and communities
    • Engage stakeholders and create partnerships
    • Develop and collectively implement a strategic plan for healthy housing that builds on best practices
    • Create systems and innovative models to ensure timely remediation for lower-income households
    • Advocate for healthy housing,
    • Support public agencies efforts to improve coordination to address healthy housing
    • Ensure that everyone in DC has a path to affordable healthy housing

 

The Collaborative is led by an executive committee made up of organizational representatives and healthy housing leaders who volunteer to serve as leaders of the Collaborative.

Executive Committee Members

 

For additional information on the Healthy Housing Collaborative please sign up for the mailing list here.

The DC Healthy Housing Collaborative meets monthly. If you’d like to join, sign up here to receive our meeting invites, emails, and newsletter.

For more information on the regular meetings of the DC Healthy Housing Collaborative, please contact Abby Charles at acharles@institutephi.org.