NCHH Creates New Tools to Support Healthy Housing and Share Stories During Pandemic
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(Columbia, MD, April 22, 2020) – The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), a national nonprofit organization, has created two new resources to assist support the current COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.
NCHH set up a resource library on March 23 to highlight various resources from federal agencies, national partners, state and local agencies, and other organizations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The National Center for Healthy Housing has heard from communities who would like to share information and resources specifically focused on dealing with the challenges created by COVID-19,” said Sarah Goodwin, a policy analyst with NCHH. NCHH aims to help facilitate safer healthy homes work during the pandemic by sharing web pages, documents, webinars, and videos related to COVID-19.
The project team is actively searching for new resources to share and updates the page regularly; however, they encourage suggestions from the healthy homes community.
In addition to sharing resources, NCHH is also sharing stories. Despite closures across Capitol Hill, some congressional offices and NCHH continue to communicate regularly. The lawmakers have informed NCHH staff that they wanted to learn how various organizations, departments, and occupations were working to provide healthy housing services during the pandemic. Congress also expressed an interest in hearing about those that are unable to offer healthy housing services due to COVID-19. As a result, NCHH posted a brief online survey yesterday to collect these testimonials, for which the questions appear below:
- What healthy homes services does your organization provide? How have COVID-19 and state or local state-at-home orders affected how you are able to provide these services?
- If applicable, how many clients or families do you estimate have been affected by the change to your services?
- What, if any, alternate methods or program adjustments have you made to continue providing services in response to restrictions?
- Have you experienced a reduction or redirection in funding due to the pandemic?
“One of the best ways for them to understand the impact of this situation on you as healthy housing practitioners is through stories,” Ms. Goodwin said of the Pandemic Testimonials survey project.
No closing date for this project has been announced; NCHH’s policy team will forward anecdotes to members of Congress regularly.
About the National Center for Healthy Housing
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is the preeminent national nonprofit dedicated to securing healthy homes for all. Since 1992, NCHH has served as a highly regarded and credible change agent, successfully integrating healthy housing advocacy, research, and capacity building under one roof to reduce health disparities nationwide. Follow NCHH on Twitter (@NCHH) or LinkedIn or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthyHousing.