Archived National Policy Projects

2007-2008 Proposed IPMC Amendments
Documents the results of NCHH’s proposed amendments, along with the Alliance for Healthy Homes, to the International Property Maintenance Code in 2007 and 2008.

Finding Common Ground Meeting
The purpose of the “Finding Common Ground” meeting was to convene leaders in housing, health, and related fields to identify key opportunities and mechanisms (e.g., regulation, education, and training) through which adverse health outcomes from housing can be dramatically reduced.

Green Building Analysis: How Healthy Are National Green Building Programs?
In this update of NCHH’s 2006 report, Comparing Green Building Guidelines and Healthy Homes Principles: A Preliminary Investigation, NCHH compared major national green building and indoor air quality guidelines to its own set of recommended healthy housing criteria to determine whether these programs adequately protect residents from housing conditions known to affect health status.

Healthier Homes, Stronger Families
A national symposium hosted by the Enterprise Foundation and NCHH, Healthier Homes, Stronger Families focused on developing a public policy agenda for advancing healthier homes for low-income families.

HUD’s Relocation and Re-Occupancy Guidelines
This article described the relocation activities observed during an evaluation of the HUD Lead Hazard Control program, jointly coordinated by the National Center for Healthy Housing and the University of Cincinnati (the evaluators), was published in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Housing and Community Development.

Lead-Safe Housing Policy Guidance 
This guide outlines basic lead-safety standards and includes a listing of key figures, from legislative authorities to property maintenance staff, responsible for various levels of lead protection efforts. It also provides potential opportunities for communities to enhance their codes to improve lead safety and build technical capacity for enforcement. [pdf; NCHH, 2004]

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
This report examined how the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program handled childhood lead poisoning associated with lead-based paint hazards in older housing undergoing rehabilitation. It described additional measures to be taken to ensure that the program advanced the goal of eliminating the disease by 2010 and did not create lead-based paint hazards in the rehabilitated housing units inadvertently, thereby protecting the future viability of the program.

Proposals to Improve Manufactured Housing
NCHH submitted four proposals in November 2007 to make manufactured housing healthier. The proposals addressed ventilation, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and toilet rooms.

Report to Congress 1999 ‎– The Healthy Homes Initiative: A Preliminary Plan
In the Appropriations Act of 1998, Congress directed that $10 million be allocated for a “Healthy Homes Initiative” whose work would include “research, studies, testing, and demonstration efforts, including education and outreach concerning lead-based paint poisoning and other housing-related environmental diseases and hazards.”

Window Replacement Symposium
On November 7, 2003, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), hosted a one-day symposium on window replacement in Atlanta, Georgia.