Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home

What is Healthy Housing?

Ask yourself:
  • Is the air in your home clean and healthy?
  • Do your children have breathing problems, like asthma?
  • Is someone in your home allergic to mold?
  • Do you know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?
  • Is there lead anywhere in your home?
  • Is your tap water safe to drink?
  • Do you use bug spray or other products to keep away pest?
  • Do you keep poisons where your children cannot reach them?

Households across America may have hidden hazards that can impact the health of all occupants.   Home health hazards include asthma triggers such as mold, lead-based paint, radon, pests, injury dangers and poor indoor air quality.   Anyone can suffer from housing-related illnesses and injury; however certain groups such as children, the elderly, low-income or individuals with chronic illness are more at risk.
This website introduces some of these concerns and provides resources to help you learn what you can do about them.

No home is exempt from the possibility of hazards.    Individuals living in new and older homes of any style or type all live with the risk of home health hazards that may include:
•     Home drinking water quality
•     Radon risk
•     Lead-paint and product hazards
•     Household chemicals and pesticides
•     Excessive moisture and molds
•     Asthma triggers
•     Health and safety risk associated with home energy
•     Home safety
•     Smoking
•     Combustion gases and carbon monoxide
•     Remodeling hazards
•     Take-home work contamination
•     Asbestos containing materials
•     Mercury containing products
•     Pests

Principles of Healthy Housing
The over-arching healthy homes principles are:
1. Keep homes dry
2. Keep homes clean and maintained
3. Keep homes ventilated
4. Keep homes pest-free
5. Keep homes free from contaminants
6. Keep homes safe and accessible
7. Keep homes energy-efficient

An integrated approach
While many of home hazards are simple to detect and inexpensive to correct, some are more challenging to deal with. Assessing and fixing these deficiencies simultaneously, rather than attempting to tackle each hazard individually, will yield the greatest results in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. The example, dealing with uncontrolled moisture, can alleviate conditions associated with allergies and asthma (molds and pests), unintentional injury (structural safety), and poisoning (lead paint deterioration).


Who are we?

National Program Director: Michael Goldschmidt
University of Missouri, goldschmidtm@missouri.edu
National Program Coordinator: Kandace Fisher-Mclean
University of Missouri, fisherkl@missouri.edu
USDA – NIFA HHP National Program Leader: Beverly Samuel
US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
HUD – OLHCHH Community Outreach: Clyde “Kitt” Rodkey
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

A special thanks to University of Wisconsin and Auburn who have contributed and hosted this program in the past.

MSU Extension