Baltimore has among the highest poverty and lowest high school graduation rates in the U.S. Old, deteriorating homes with lead-based paint, poor indoor air quality, injury risks, and energy inefficiencies—all of which damage health and make it nearly impossible for families to reach financial stability—also rob the futures of Baltimore’s children.
Healthy Homes for Equitable Opportunities seeks to bolster Baltimore’s future by deploying a deep investment to transform the city’s housing, eliminate lead poisoning in Baltimore in five years, and improve academic and health outcomes for children. This transformative housing intervention model will be scaled up nationally to deploy the $12.5 billion in cross-sector investments generated through the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s National Campaign to End Lead Poisoning. The end of lead’s toxic legacy is in sight. The investment will accelerate our progress toward this achievable goal to ensure better opportunities for children and communities across the U.S.
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Last year, GHHI innovated and pivoted to a focused, healthy homes response to COVID-19. Our approach included providing critical outreach and services to residents in our communities and creating a toolkit for virtual healthy homes services to meet the needs of families spending additional time in unhealthy, unsafe, and inefficient homes. We continued to grow local, state, and federal investments in the elimination of lead poisoning and other health and safety issues in housing. We also worked to connect energy efficiency and housing health and safety goals to climate goals to ensure that our most vulnerable communities can attain health, wealth, and long-term success.