Green & Healthy Homes RI
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) developed in Rhode Island as part of a national effort to braid federal and state funding programs to make a home energy efficient while also addressing home health hazards like lead, asbestos, and mold.
Recognizing the interconnectedness of housing, energy efficiency, and health, the Foundation convened a group of organizations working in these fields across the state. In partnership with the City of Providence and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning – a national organization selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Centers for Disease Control– the group served as a critical network of partners and provided the preliminary infrastructure to promote coordinated planning, goal setting, and support.
As a direct result of the public‐philanthropic partnership between the Foundation and the City of Providence, Providence was awarded designation as a Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) site in early 2010. In January 2013, with leadership from the Foundation, the City of Providence, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), and the GHHI Providence Steering Committee made up of more than 30 city and state organizations and agencies, the first phase of the GHHI Providence Neighborhood Innovation Pilot was completed, resulting in 135 “Green and Healthy” housing units in the City.
With continued Foundation support, GHHI is establishing a visible and active presence across Rhode Island, to promote green and healthy housing in ten municipalities across the state – through assessment and hazard control interventions and the production of new, affordable housing units – and to develop the necessary workforce to carry out these initiatives. In the five years since its inception, GHHI has leveraged its funding to draw federal resources to the state, and to grow momentum and support for this important work. Over 300 housing units in Rhode Island are now “Green & Healthy” providing direct savings on utility costs and creating safer and healthier homes for Rhode Island families.