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Are We There Yet 2005 Are We There Yet 2005 Presentation Transcript

  • ARE WE THERE YET? 2nd Annual Healthy Homes Bus Tour 2005
  • Where are we now?
    • Safety problems have been identified — but not
    • yet corrected — in 848 homes: 68 owner-
    • occupied, 491 rental units, 289 condemned
    • homes. This is down from 1318 last December.
  • How does this affect health?
    • Lead paint can poison, resulting in brain damage and other health problems, especially for young children.
    • Leaking roofs and plumbing can create conditions for mildew and mold and for roach infestations, exacerbating respiratory problems.
  • How does this affect health?
    • Rotten floors can collapse, resulting in cuts and broken bones.
    • Faulty electrical wiring and unsafe furnaces can cause fires, resulting in smoke inhalation and burns.
    • Deteriorating vacant houses can create conditions for crime, resulting in injuries and even violent death.
  • Why does this matter?
    • Housing-related health risks and homelessness increase health care costs.
    • Injuries and illnesses from housing hazards or worries from housing problems reduce worker productivity and school achievement.
  • Why does this matter?
    • Deteriorating housing endangers neighbors.
    • Declining property values reduce revenues.
    • Blight curtails economic development.
    • We aren’t there yet, but to get to healthy homes by 2008, what do we need to do now?
  • What do we need to do now?
    • Education
    • Repairs
    • Enforcement
    • Partnerships
    • What have we as a community done in the past year?
  • Education
  • Education
    • Greensboro Housing Coalition and Guilford County Health Department have provided free education to 80 painters and landlords about using “Lead Safe Work Practices” to avoid lead poisoning when repairing older homes.
  • Education
  • Education
    • And we have informed the public about lead hazards by providing information to the News & Record.
  • Education
  • Repairs
  • Repairs
    • The City’s Lead Safe Housing program has tested and remediated almost 100 homes from 2004-2005 -- totaling over 300 homes since July 2002.
  • Repairs Before
  • Repairs After
  • Repairs
    • And Habitat for Humanity’s home repair program is running well with volunteers repairing 17 homes for low-income homeowners, and there are four (4) more in process. Watch for the “Home Repair Rally,” coming later this month.
  • Repairs Before
  • Repairs After
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
    • Inspections in 2004: 18,955
    • Inspections 2005 to date: * 19,132
    • (Over 100% of all previous year activity)
    • Total RUCO’s issued to date: 8,349
    • Action by G.S. in lieu of Local Ordinance: 18
    • Housing Commission demolition orders in 2005: 16
    • Demolitions to date (by owner or city): 12
  • Enforcement
    • To check a unit’s status via the internet, go to:
    • www.greensboro-nc.gov
    • And then choose:
    • “ Local Ordinance Enforcement”
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
    • Checking for a certificate of occupancy: “Rental Certificate”
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
    • Checking on a rental unit with problems: “Active Cases”
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
  • Enforcement
    • And HUD and EPA representatives have visited Greensboro landlords to see it they are doing required lead disclosure. Failure to disclose carries large penalties.
  • Enforcement
    • Federal law requires disclosure of potential lead hazards when housing built before 1978 is rented, sold, or renovated; giving the “Protect Your Family From Lead” booklet; and a statement of the hazards in the home.
  • Enforcement
  • Partnership
  • Partnership
    • Greensboro had great collaboration at HUD’s Safe & Healthy Homes meeting:
    • Greensboro Mayor Holliday
    • Greensboro Housing & Community Development
    • Greensboro Engineering & Inspections
    • Greensboro Housing Authority
    • Greensboro Housing Coalition
    • Guilford County Health Department
    • FaithAction International House
    • Center for New North Carolinians at UNCG
    • HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes, EPA, CDC
    • What’s new for next year?
  • What’s new for next year?
    • While HUD did not approve our application for lead testing, LOE and GHC will work together when older homes have peeling paint violations.
  • What’s new for next year?
    • Guilford County Board of Health is considering a health code change to increase testing children for lead levels, identifying the source of exposure for children at risk, and ordering homes repaired before a child is actually poisoned.
  • What’s new for next year?
    • Strategic planning sessions to identify obstacles to making housing safe and find ways to cooperatively address these.
  • What’s new for next year?
    • Housing Summit 2006, on January 31, to report on plans and set goals for the year.
    • Thank you very much!
    • This slideshow and further information is available online at: www.greensborohousingcoalition.com
    • Thank you to:
    • HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program
    • and
    • The City of Greensboro
    • Guilford County Health Department
    • Habitat for Humanity