Healthy Homes Initiative
Most Americans spend nearly 60 percent of their time in their homes. As a result, the conditions of our homes play a vital role in our health. "Poor quality and inadequate housing contributes to health problems such as chronic diseases and injuries, and can have harmful effects on childhood development." Unfortunately, many of North Carolina's families are unable to afford the repairs and home safety updates necessary to protect their health.
Our Healthy Homes Initiative provides families with the crucial home repairs that they need to improve their health. Through this program, NCCAA will help to remedy the unsuspecting causes of illnesses hidden in the homes of vulnerable North Carolinians across 94 counties. Each participant is eligible to receive up to $2,500 in home health and safety repairs. We estimate that over 1,000 homes will receive improvements through this investment by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
A Healthy Home Assessment
Replacement of carpet with hard surface flooring (Entire home or select rooms that would most improve the health of homeowners)
Deep cleaning of home since removal of the carpet could stir up dust/dirt
Interior pest control
Accessibility/fall prevention (Interior)
Moisture control (Basement and crawl space sealing)
Filter change-out plus 4 additional replacements
Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors (installation and/or battery change out)
Service provided through the Healthy Homes Initiative will be distributed by 22 of our Community Action Agencies.
More than 300,000 households in North Carolina are eligible to receive assistance through the Healthy Homes Initiative.
*Services provided through this initiative are designated to benefit households with an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.