About Vemont Healthy Homes

There is a growing emphasis nationwide to link health care costs with health and safety in our homes.  We spend a significant part of our lives in our home, and a growing body of evidence shows that making our homes healthier and safer can reduce visits to the doctor’s office and emergency room.  For example, indoor air quality, structural defects, injury hazards, and exposure to toxic chemicals are known to affect the health and safety of residents.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) received a three-year Healthy Homes Production Grant from HUD to fund the Vermont Healthy Homes program.

The goal of the program is to improve the quality of affordable housing in the State by ameliorating a broad range of health and safety hazards found in the homes of low-income and vulnerable populations. To achieve this, the program has the following objectives:

1.Integrate Healthy Homes concepts and practices into the State’s network of affordable housing and health service providers

2.Promote holistic assessments of housing units and the subsequent remediation of a broad range of health and safety hazards

3.Increase awareness statewide about health and safety hazards in homes and the steps that can be taken to ameliorate

4.Strengthen partnerships statewide among stakeholders that provide services in the homes of low-income residents

VHCB's partners serve all regions of the State and are the primary entry point for income-eligible residents to enroll in the Vermont Healthy Homes program.