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.
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.
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