June is National Healthy Homes Month

Minneapolis can help with lead testing and home health hazard removal

National Healthy Homes Month reminds people to check their homes for potential health hazards and make their homes the healthiest possible for their families. Minneapolis offers resources to help Minneapolis residents take action on making their homes healthier.

In the U.S. today, people spend close to 90 percent of their time indoors. But millions of U.S. homes have physical problems associated with a wide range of health issues including asthma, injuries, lead poisoning and lung cancer.

A healthy home

The City of Minneapolis offers:

·         Free soil testing for lead. Find information here or call 612-673-2710.

·         Free events testing children under 6 for lead exposure (look for the Leadie Eddie van):

o   Neighborhood Hub Healthy Homes Resource Fair
5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21
3120 Washburn Ave. N., in the parking lot

o   East Phillips Summer Fest
1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 24
East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S.

o   Jordan Week of Kindness
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 30
Irving Avenue North between 30th Avenue North and Lowry Avenue North

o   Twin Cities Refugee Day
Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 15
Loring Park

·         Grants to assist residential child care providers with health and safety needs such as lead abatement, insulation, concrete work and radon mitigation. Call the Minneapolis Health Department at 612-673-2606 for more information. Para espanol llama Balvina Jones at 612-251-8342.

·         Grants to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in homes where children under the age of 6 live or regularly visit. Other health and safety improvements include radon mitigation and pest management. Call the Minneapolis Health Department at 612-673-2584 for more information.

·         Discounted or free home energy audits and free home energy products. Create more stable temperatures in your home.

o   Homeowners or tenants who get energy assistance can contact Sustainable Resources Center for an energy audit and free home energy products. Qualified applicants can get grant funds for insulation. www.src-mn.org/energy-bills or call 612-872-3294.

o   Homeowners or tenants not eligible for energy assistance can contact the Center for Energy and Environment for discounted or free home energy audits and free home energy products. Qualified applicants can get loans and/or grants for insulation www.mncee.org/services/residential-programs/home-energy-squad-enhanced or 651-328-6220.

o   Home daycare owners can call 612-673-2606 for more information on energy audits, insulation and other grant funds.

o   Multi-family building owners and managers can call 612-673-2606 for more information on energy audits, insulation and other grant funds.

See the seven steps to a healthy home here: www.minneapolismn.gov/health/homes/Healthy.

For more information on National Healthy Homes Month 2018, please visit www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.

 

June 1, 2018

Published Jun 1, 2018

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