In 1999, in response to a Congressional Directive over concerns about child environmental health, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched its Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) to protect children and their families from housing-related health and safety hazards. Whether you rent or own your home, we hire the contractors that help create a healthy and hazard free home environment for you and your family, all at no cost to you.
CAAGKC’s Healthy Homes Program seeks to identify home based safety hazards and conditions that affect the health and quality of life for individuals and families. Our program’s overarching objective is to locate, reduce, and eliminate housing-related health hazards. Especially those known to be associated with medical conditions and related symptoms, such as asthma and upper respiratory conditions. Our Healthy Homes program takes a comprehensive approach by focusing on a variety of housing-related hazards, rather than addressing one hazard at a time to create a safe environment for you and your family. This program addresses mold, lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, pests, radon and more.
Home plays an important role in your quality of life; it is where you eat, sleep, play, relax, and bathe. Unhealthy homes increase stress levels and may affect your ability to meet basic needs. Creating a healthier home will help you feel better and engage more in your day-to-day life. Healthier homes also reduce your likelihood of illness, injury, and worsening of ongoing medical conditions. Research has shown a strong connection between poor housing conditions and health problems.
- You must be a Jackson, Platte, or Clay County, Missouri resident.
- You must provide proof of home ownership or a signed waiver from your landlord (attached to the application below).
- You must provide copies of identification for everyone 18 years and older.
- You must provide copies of social security cards for all members of the household.
- You must have proof of income for everyone 18 years and older unless the member is included in an active food stamp case. You can show proof of income by providing copies of your award letters for SSA, SSI, Disability, Pension, check stub, unemployment letter, etc.
- Your household income may not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, which varies according to household size ($32,7500 annual income for a family of four).
To protect children and families from home housing-related health and safety hazards, remember the following healthy homes tips:
- Keep it dry
- Keep it clean
- Keep it pest-free
- Keep it ventilated
- Keep it safe
- Keep it contaminant-free
- Keep it maintained
- Keep it thermally controlled.