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National Center for Healthy Housing

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National Center for Healthy Housing

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is the preeminent national nonprofit dedicated to creating safe and healthy housing for America’s families. Our research provides the scientific basis for federal, state, and local policies and programs.[1] NCHH has trained nearly 45,000 individuals in healthy housing practices since 2005. Our advocacy efforts ensure that health is considered in housing policy and that housing is valued as a determinant of health. Through partnerships, we reduce health disparities in low-income communities and communities of color.[2] Founded by Fannie Mae in 1992, it was originally known as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing. It is based in Columbia, Maryland.[3]

With 20 years of experience,[4] NCHH conducts applied research,[5] program evaluation, technical assistance, training,[6] and outreach that is focused on reducing the health consequences of indoor exposures. NCHH's staff includes housing, health, and environmental professionals with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health, housing policy, and industrial hygiene.

NCHH Accomplishments[7]


NCHH selected as a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre. WHO collaborating centres are institutions designated to undertake activities in support of the WHO's programs.

Rebecca Morley selected for NeighborWorks America's Achieving Excellence Program.

NCHH and American Public Health Association (APHA) jointly release the National Healthy Homes Standard.

NCHH, in concert with the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) and Public Health-Seattle and King County, complete study demonstrating that a combination of weatherization and healthy homes interventions with in-home asthma education from community health workers (CHW) improves childhood asthma control.


Conducted Maryland's first health impact assessment (HIA) of an intermodal freight project, funded by the Health Impact Project.

Released results of updated State of Healthy Housing project, a comprehensive report ranking housing conditions in 44 major metropolitan areas nationally, showing a critical need to improve housing conditions in many U.S. cities.

Launched Healthy Housing Challenge project (in collaboration with Rebuilding Together) with funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Hosted a healthy homes conference in Washington, DC in honor of its 20th anniversary.


Published Window Replacement and Residential Lead Paint Hazard Control 12 Years Later in the Environmental Research journal in January, 2012.

NCHH and its network of training partners trained more than 2,600 people through its National Healthy Homes Training Center.


Created the Grassroots Advocacy Network for Healthy Housing, which supports healthy housing advocacy at the state and local levels.

Published findings from a study on the health impacts of a green and healthy housing rehab in Minnesota in Public Health Reports in May, 2011.


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External links

  • Official website
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