Outreach / Publications
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes and
Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) has issued this Healthy Homes Program Guidance Manual to
advance our nation’s efforts to create healthier and safer housing.
The Manual is the result of considerable effort and reflects input from many partners and
stakeholders in the healthy homes community. It is based on proven approaches and
techniques, and the findings of the most current research. The Manual is written for anyone
interested in developing or expanding a healthy homes program.
This document - Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action - was developed by the federal
Healthy Homes Work Group under the auspices of the President's Task Force on Enviormental
Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children. The Strategy for Action paves the way for improving the
lives of Americans by reducing health and safety risks in one of the most meaningful places - the home.
This publication helps homeowners identify hazards, work with contractors to remove hazards, help
ensure the work is done properly, and learn when they can return safely to the home. The publication
discusses seven potential hazards that may impact your health. This publication is designed to be
used only after the proper authorities have said it is safe to return to your home.
The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) has created new resources
for consumers – homeowners and tenants – and stakeholders – home repair firms, renovation firms,
environmental consultants, home supply product retailers, community organizations, non-profit
organizations, local government agencies, and others. These resources address best practices for making
homes healthy during disaster response and recovery. Many natural disasters create hazards that
impact home and families; these include water damage, fire, the release of mold, asbestos and other
indoor air pollutants, and unsafe physical conditions that can cause injury through trips and falls.
Addressing these issues is part of the OLHCHH’s overall mission and goals. Our purpose for making
resources available to consumers and stakeholders is to provide evidence-based best practices and
consistent messaging for preventing hazards in the home before a disaster, and safely responding
and rebuilding the home after a disaster.
Everyone deserves to live in a healthy home. A home can support the health of your family as much as
a healthy lifestyle and diet. It's important for people of all ages to know how to make their home
safe and healthy for their own health concerns. It is always worth taking the time to make the place
you call home a healthier and safer place to live. Here you will find some simple steps to get you started!
This guide is intended to be a useful tool for people - "stakeholders" who serve all types of families
from all zip codes. A stakeholder can be any person or group of people who serve the local populations
to assist them in maintaining or improving their safety and well being.
This booklet asks questions about your home and how you live in it. By answering them, you can find
out if your home is healthy or if you need to make some changes. there are nine chapters in this booklet.
Every chapter gives information about a topic, ask questions about it, and gives you simple Action Steps
to protect your children's health. At the end of each chapter, you will find out where to get more help.
The strategic plan will serve as a road map for the OLHCHH as we strive to protect the health of children
and other sensitive populations in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner. The Strategic Plan is the result
of years of analysis, and represents a synthesis of programmatic experience, research, and community feedback.
The Strategic Plan will help ensure that the Department is focused and effective in achieving program
goals and in sipporting its mission of increasing access to safe, decentm and afforadable housing for all Americans.
This guide was developed to help homeowners, volunteers and other workers to restore damaged homes in a
way that puts people forst. It includes how-to-methods, tips and improvement ideas for safe restoration that result
in not just livable dwelling, but a healthy home that offers even more than before.
Smoke-Free Housing: A Toolkit for Owners/Management Agents of Federally Assisted Public and Multi-family Housing
Smoke-Free Housing: A Toolkit for Residents of Federally Assisted Public and Multi-family Housing
The Lead Paint Safety Field Guide for Interim Controls in Painting and Home Maintence (2019) describes simple work
practices to protect children and workers from lead-based paint surfaces. This is a HUD publication with substantive input also
received from the U.S. Enviormental Protection Agency and the Center for Disease Control Prevention.
- Carbon Monoxide
- Home Safety
- Healthy Homes
- 8 Principles of a Healthy Home
- 5 Minutes to a Healthier Home
- 10 Tips for Rebuilding Healthy Homes
- Bathroom Safety, Slips & Falls
- Pool Safety
- Carbon Monoxide
- Fire Safety
- Protecting Kids from Lead Poisoning