DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Chaka Fattah

Sent By: brenden.chainey@mail.house.gov <mailto:brenden.chainey@mail.house.gov?subject=RE: Environmentally Healthy Homes in Metropolitan Areas> Date: 3/24/2009

Environmentally Healthy Homes in Metropolitan Areas

Tuesday, March 31st

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Rayburn B-308

All families deserve to live in decent, affordable and healthy homes. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Indoor contaminants are plaguing hundreds of thousands of our nation’s residents. Children are particularly vulnerable – yearly some 250,000 are victims of lead poisoning and another 500,000 are hospitalized with asthma related conditions. Making homes healthier promotes the wellbeing of our nation’s families, makes homes more affordable, and reduces healthcare costs.

The good news is that many urban areas are working in collaboration with the federal government, especially HUD, EPA and CDC, on initiatives that have significantly increased the availability of healthy housing. In addition to keeping children healthy, efforts by these agencies help create jobs while making homes more energy efficient.

Staff from Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a Philadelphia-based children’s advocacy and policy organization along with the Alliance for Healthy Homes – a national organization, will join the Urban Caucus to share information about healthy homes and how local communities can create more of them. Attention will be focused on lead poisoning, in particular, as it remains one of the greatest home – based health threats.

Presenters:

Colleen McCauley

Health Care Policy Director

Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Shelly Yanoff

Executive Director

Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Jane Malone

Housing Policy Director/Director of Finance and Grants

Alliance for Healthy Homes

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Brenden Chainey at brenden.chainey@mail.house.gov or 202.225.4001.

Very truly yours,

Chaka Fattah

Member of Congress