The Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes (aka "the Alliance") was established in 2014 through leadership from the Department of the Attorney General of RI, the RI Office of Energy Resources, the RI Department of Health, the RI Office of Housing and Community Development, Rhode Island Housing, the RI Department of Human Services and the City of Providence, and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. The Alliance has over 70 participating organizations and over 500 individual members. The Rhode Island Foundation and the Department of the Attorney General provided start up operating support, and Rhode Island Housing and the City of Providence enabled RIAHH to continue its work in 2016-2017. The Alliance is now a project of HousingWorksRI at Roger Williams University. Read our latest news here.
To align, braid and coordinate information, resources and services for improving the health, safety and energy efficiency of all Rhode Island homes.
Burden of unhealthy homes on families - By the numbers
Unhealthy homes can create unhealthy families. The burden in Rhode island:
- 1 in 12 children under age 6 in Rhode Island has lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause reductions in IQ, speech and language problems, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder and other affects.
- 1 in 5 children in Rhode Island are admitted to the emergency room each year due to an asthma attack.
- 40% of all asthma attacks are brought on by fixable environmental triggers in the home.
- Over one-third of Rhode Island homeowners are considered cost-burdened, spending nearly 50% of their income on mortgage and utilities. [Source: HousingWorks RI of RWU]
- Hospitalizations for asthma cost $10,608 per child, and over $21 million annually. [Source: Rhode Island Department of Health]
Billions of dollars are lost annually on unhealthy homes. National numbers:
- $43.4B to treat cases of lead poisoning
- $20B to treat asthma-related illness
- $19B to treat trip and fall injuries among seniors
- 14 million missed school days from asthma each year
- Low-income households spend 14% of income on energy vs. 3.5% for other households
NEARLY 9 MILLION U.S. FAMILIES LIVE IN UNHEALTHY HOMES.
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NAVIGATING HOUSING RESOURCES CAN BE CONFUSING AND DAUNTING FOR MOST HOME OWNERS AND TENANTS.
RIAHH attacks this problem from both sides: we coordinate services to help families achieve greener and healthier homes, and we work upstream to align, braid and coordinate local and state policies to promote green and healthy housing.
We aim to transform the current silo-ed system into a streamlined resources that delivers services to Rhode Island families so that they may live in safe, healthy, energy efficient homes.
The following chart shows the current housing rehab system in our state. This map was developed in 2014 with generous help from the RIAHH member agencies, volunteer graduate students from the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University, and made possible through leadership from Mark Kravatz, who was with the GHHI Rhode Island office.