Technical Assistance for Code Transformation Innovation Collaborative (TACTIC)

Project Funder: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Project Partners: City staff and community partners from Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit

Project Contact: David Jacobs, djacobs@nchh.org, 443.539.4167

Project Description: The Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (TACTIC) project works with local jurisdictions to enable the use of housing codes as a means for preventing childhood lead poisoning. NCHH created a series of city-specific recommendations that encompass the updating of code language, strengthening code enforcement staffing and practice, and ensuring community engagement in the policy making process. The project seeks to address childhood lead poisoning generally and target children living in rental units specifically.

From June 2018 to May 2019, the team analyzed code language and methods of code enforcement, engaging with city staff and community partners in four Michigan cities (Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Detroit), where we discussed how the unique landscape of each city influenced the implementation of altered code enforcement and examined each city’s specific challenges, concerns, and opportunities for improvement.

Employing various methods including the new Code Comparison Tool, which compares local codes to the International Property Maintenance Code and the National Healthy Housing Standard (co-developed by NCHH and the American Public Health Association), NCHH compared the local housing codes to successful national models in order to determine to determine the most appropriate strategy for each city by the cities to use code enforcement as a means to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

The TACTIC project represents a continuation of NCHH’s past work of achieving healthy housing through improved codes. While there were no formal partners on the TACTIC project, the work could not have been completed without the full participation from city staff and community partners. Another factor in the project’s success was the fact that nearly every city had an emerging opportunity that made the timing of our work fortuitous.

Resources

City Reports:

Jacobs, D. E., & Goodwin, S. (2019, May 31). Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (the TACTIC Project) – Final Report for the City of Battle Creek.

Jacobs, D. E., & Goodwin, S. (2019, May 31). Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (the TACTIC Project) – Final Report for the City of Detroit.

Jacobs, D. E., & Goodwin, S. (2019, May 31). Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (the TACTIC Project) – Final Report for the City of Flint.

Jacobs, D. E., & Goodwin, S. (2019, May 31). Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (the TACTIC Project) – Final Report for the City of Grand Rapids.

State Report:

Jacobs, D. E., & Goodwin, S. (2019, May 31). Technical Assistance for Code Transformation and Innovation Collaborative (the TACTIC Project) – Final report.

Blog: 

Goodwin, S., & Jacobs, D. E. (2019, October 21). Tactical Thinking: Housing Codes and Lead Poisoning Prevention.

Related

National Center for Healthy Housing & American Public Health Association. (2014, May 16). National Healthy Housing Standard. Columbia, MD: National Center for Healthy Housing.

NCHH’s Code Comparison Tool [url]