If your child has asthma, and you live in Southwest Detroit, free help is available to reduce asthma triggers in your home.
While the SDEV Healthy Homes project is on hiatus, Wayne County programming exists. Families in SW Detroit can improve their indoor air quality and reduce asthma triggers and “brain drain” chemical exposure.
Background: Prior to 2019, participants in the Healthy Homes Initiative with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision could receive a no-cost Healthy Home Evaluation which checked homes for indoor air quality risks such as mold, dust, pests and dander. Based on this evaluation, we were able to provide a free healthy air vacuum, healthy home cleaning supplies, and more. In 2019, SDEV partnered with Healthy Babies Bright Futures to help reduce exposure to “brain drain” chemicals. Watch this page for updates on ways we are working to continue this work.
Information on reducing asthma triggers at home can be found at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website. Information on reducing exposure to “brain drain” chemicals can be found through Healthy Babies Bright Futures.
Please contact your local community development corporation for more details on Healthy Homes consultations in your neighborhood.
Why would my home affect my child’s health?
While most North Americans still think of smog as the most serious form of air pollution, a more toxic chemical stew is often found in the air we breathe inside our homes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency labels indoor air one of the Top Five environmental health risks, up there with polluted drinking water.
The bad environment in our households starts with polluted air from the outdoors, which is often not cycled effectively in and out of tightly sealed and energy-efficient homes. Trapped, “the pollutant levels may be two to five times higher inside than outside, and in some cases, 100 times higher,” says Tom Kelly, director of the EPA’s Indoor Environments Division.
Then the homeowners mix in other chemicals: pesticides, perhaps cigarette smoke, air fresheners, hairspray, perfume and cleaning supplies. Thrown into the invisible concoction are the gases given off by furnishings or paint. Add animal dander, dust mites and mold – those ubiquitous biological allergy triggers – and suddenly there’s new meaning to the term “the fresh outdoors.”
What if I want to help?
We always need help, and we are always looking for volunteers. To learn more email the Youth & Community Engagement program intern Lupe Estrada at lupe [at] sdevweb [dot] org or call 313-842-1961.
So, this sounds great, how do I sign up?
SDEV’s Healthy Homes home visits are on hiatus. A workshop through our Healthy Babies Bright Futures project is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019. Click to view the flyer to learn more and to register. To sign up for information about Healthy Homes email info [at] sdevweb [dot] org or call (313)842-1961
Healthy Homes Overall Project Goals
- Reduce health risks in homes with high lead-paint exposure and high asthma-triggers in homes in the target area by providing in-home training on wet cleaning methods, cleaning kits, HEPA-certified vacuums, asthma and allergy bedding, and other risk reduction tools.
- Refer families to other local programs based on their needs, such as lead abatement grant funding programs and energy audits.
- Incorporate culturally-sensitive project methods through translation and community video.
- Train construction and rehabilitation workers and landlords in lead-safe work practices.
- Train community residents and organizations to be Healthy Home experts for toxic reduction transformation in the community.
- Increase number of households using toxic reduction methods to reduce health risks from lead, asthma triggers, and chemical exposure.