The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has announced that two model programs are recipients of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier for residents, as recommended by a panel of expert volunteer judges from NEHA. The awards were presented on July 11 at NEHA’s 2019 Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in Nashville. This year’s recipients are:
- City of Rochester, New York, Certificate of Occupancy and Lead Inspection Program (in the category of Policy and Education Innovation)
- Partnership between the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists and HUD Multifamily Program (Public Housing/Multifamily Housing category)
HUD partners with NEHA based on creating healthier homes environments for residents, by working across the housing, health, and environmental sectors. The awardees’ project summaries are:
City of Rochester, New York Certificate of Occupancy and Lead Inspection Program
The City of Rochester has a long history of adopting and implementing proactive code enforcement programs. Two programs that have had the greatest impact on the health and safety of residents are the Renewable Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) Program and the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Ordinance. These programs, when combined with the efforts of the City’s community partners, have reduced the number of children with elevated blood levels by 99% since 1994 and by 85% since the adoption of the lead ordinance in 2005. This has made a measurable difference in the lives of Rochester’s children.
Partnership Between American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists and HUD Multifamily Housing Program
The partnership between the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), a non-profit organization, and the HUD Multifamily Housing Program involved implementing and strengthening the HUD Office of Multifamily Development’s Radon Policy issued in 2013. The policy is a vital component of the multifamily program at HUD, enjoying strong support from radon professionals and other stakeholders. Since its issuance, AARST and HUD Multifamily have partnered multiple times to educate HUD personnel, radon professionals, lenders and other stakeholders about the policy and how it can best be implemented, through webinars, articles in publications, presentations at conferences, and other methods.