Healthy Homes

If your child has asthma, and you live in Southwest Detroit, free help is available to reduce asthma triggers in your home.

Children living in Southwest Detroit are three times more likely than other Michigan residents to have asthma.

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision and the Blue Cross Blue Shield foundation of Michigan have partnered to help families in SW Detroit improve their indoor air quality.

Participants in the Healthy Homes program with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision will receive a no-cost Healthy Home Evaluation which will check your homes for indoor air quality risks such as mold, dust, pests and dander.  Based on this evaluation, we are able to provide you with a free healthy air vacuum, healthy home cleaning supplies, and more. In partnership, with the Kohl’s Cares we are also able to provide your family with a new smoke detector.

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FAQ:

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.”

 

Do I have to Live in Southwest Detroit?

Yes, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision supports work in the following zip codes:

48208, 48209, 48210, 48216, and 48217.

If you live outside of this area please contact your local community development corporation for more details on Healthy Homes Consultations in your neighborhood.

Do I have to have children to participate?

Yes, currently the Healthy Homes program only enrolls families with children that are affected by asthma.

Do I really get a FREE vacuum?

Yes! Because of the generous grant funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision is able to provide Healthy Air Vacuums for all Healthy Homes Participants.

What are you trying to sell me?

Absolutely nothing, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision is compensated by Blue Cross Blue Shield, business partners and donors like you.

What if I want to help?

We always need help, and we are always looking for volunteers. To learn more check out our VolunteerMatch.org page or email the program manager Marissa Mewitz at marissam.sdev@gmail.com

So, this sounds great, how do I sign up?

To sign up, click the button below and complete the registration form.  If you cannot complete this form please contact the program manager Marissa Mewitz at marissam.sdev@gmail.com or call (313)842-1961

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Meet the Program Manager:

Marissa Mewitz, MUP, Program Manager SDEV The Healthy Homes Program at Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision is managed by Marissa. She has lived and worked in Detroit for five years and is happy to bring her healthy homes expertise to the Healthy Homes Program.  Feel free to contact her by email at marissam.sdev@gmail.com or by phone at our office (313)842-1961 if you have any questions!

Meet Our Sponsors

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan in Southwest Detroit Kohls Cares Southwest Detroit

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.

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