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HUD Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes

Healthy housing is at the core of strong, vibrant families and communities. HUD partners with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) in a common vision to create healthier home environments in the United States by working across the health, environment, and housing sectors. The activities or policies nominated must show measurable benefits/impact in the health of low income residents. The detailed criteria for judging applications were described in the application materials. For more information about the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, please visit www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.

Policy and Education Innovation

City of Rochester, New York, Certificate of Occupancy and Lead Inspection Program

The City of Rochester has a long history of adopting and implementing proactive code enforcement programs. Two programs that have had the greatest impact on the health and safety of residents are the Renewable Certificate of Occupancy (C of 0) Program and the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Ordinance. These programs, when combined with the efforts of community partners, have reduced the number of resident children poisoned by lead by 99% since 1994 and by 85% since the adoption of the lead ordinance. This has made a measurable difference in the lives of resident children.

Public Housing/Multifamily Housing

Partnership Between American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and HUD Multifamily Program

The partnership between the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, a non-profit organization, and the HUD Multifamily Program involved implementing and strengthening the HUD Office of Multifamily Development Radon Policy announced January 31, 2013, in Notice H 2013-03. The policy is a vital component of the multifamily program at HUD, enjoying strong support from radon professionals and other stakeholders. Since the development of the policy, AARST and HUD Multifamily have partnered multiple times to educate HUD personnel, radon professionals, lenders and other stakeholders about the policy and how it can best be implemented, through webinars, articles in publications, presentations at conferences and other methods.