Healthy Homes Action Needed

Thanks to you the Healthy Homes and Communities legislation (HF 1445/SF 1272) is in the House and Senate omnibus appropriations bills.  A conference committee of House and Senate members will meet soon to negotiate a final bill.  They will need to hear from supporters over their break.

Key legislators to contact now are:  Sens. Cohen & Lourey,  Reps. Huntley & Carlson – ask that they fully fund the Healthy Homes & Communities bill because of the difference you have seen it make in the lives of children, families and communities.  Feel free to share a story.

Thank the chief authors of the bill Sen. Jeff Hayden and Rep. Karen Clark for their hard work to make our homes and communities healthier.

Senators can be contacted through this link:  House members  can be contacted through

HF 1445/ SF 1272 will:

  • create public health capacity to address housing-based health threats such as lead, radon, and environmental asthma triggers by funding an education/training program,
  • provide grants to local public health agencies, CAP agencies and non profit organizations to reduce hazards in homes, and
  • secure resources for MDH to coordinate agencies/programs, evaluate outcomes, and provide technical assistance.

Feel free to share this information with your networks and colleagues.  Please contact Jodi Nelson with any questions.

Ten Minnesota Organizations Awarded $23,000 to Promote Healthy Homes and Communities

ST. PAUL, MN — July 23, 2013

Ten communities in Minnesota will soon be healthier places to live. The Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities has awarded $23,000 to support projects in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state. Each recipient organization is pursuing an innovative strategy to improve health, housing, and well-being.

The projects range from creating more vibrant community gardens, better collaboration between tenants and landlords, bike programs, and citizen advocacy for user-friendly streets.

Together, the projects will strengthen local networks and collaboration, educate the public about how to make homes and communities healthier, and promote policies and practices which advance healthy homes and communities.

The projects to be funded include:

Alliance for Sustainability Suburban To integrate healthy homes education and behavior change into the Bloomington/Richfield Sustainability Fair and 9 other suburban Living Green Fairs.
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Northeast To provide in-depth training for agencies in St. Louis and Carlton counties on environmental assessment for Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control activities.
Cycles for Change Metro To build on the success of the Youth Bike Club through youth-led weekly rides to encourage healthy transportation choices.
Ecolibrim3 Northeast To educate homeowners on environmental problems in the home that can impact health and how to mitigate them.
Headwaters Regional Development Commission Northwest To educate homeowners on safe and healthy homes and provide resources for improvements. To provide a checklist for home buyers to make informed decisions.
Project Sweetie Pie Metro To pilot a Youth Cafe celebrating a summer of Gardens Galore, the seeding of North Minneapolis through scattered community gardens.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities Metro To build relationships with the Hmong community to help keep families safe in their homes.
Spring Lake Park Fire Department Suburban To organize a community event at  Scotland Green Apartments in Mounds View to educate residents, provide safety equipment, and create a safer environment for residents.
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter Suburban To create Citizen Summits that will increase effective citizen advocacy for transit oriented development.
Wadena County Public Health West Central To organize an event with local rental property owners and managers to build relationships and awareness for maintaining healthy rental properties.

The mission of the Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities is to promote, support and provide healthy homes and communities for all Minnesotans. The Alliance is made up of 100 organizations and individuals who believe that all Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. These mini-grants are made possible by a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

Save the Date: Oct 1, 2013 Statewide Convening

Save the Date
2nd Annual Healthy Homes & Communities Statewide Convening
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Depot, Minneapolis
The Alliance for Healthy Homes & Communities is hosting a 2nd Annual Statewide Convening to bring housing and health professionals, policymakers and funders, and other community leaders together to elevate the critical issue of healthy housing and communities, help break down health and housing silos, and continue to build a statewide alliance through network connections and cross-sector collaboration.  We value your input!  Please send us your ideas for breakout session topics and/or session presenters.  We will use your feedback to help guide the day’s agenda. 
Send ideas and/or questions to Alliance Project Coordinator at 


Registration and more details will be available in July at