NCCAA announces launch of Healthy Homes Initiative

RALEIGH — With a $2 million investment by Blue Cross NC, the North Carolina Community Action Association recently launched its Healthy Homes Initiative.

Through this program, NCCAA will help to remedy the unsuspecting causes of illnesses hidden in the homes of vulnerable North Carolinians across 56 counties.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans spend nearly 60 percent of their time at home. As a result, the conditions of our homes play a vital role in our mental and physical well-being. The Healthy Homes Initiative will provide families with repairs and home safety updates crucial to protecting their health.

Each participant is eligible to receive up to $2,500 in home health and safety repairs. The program includes a Healthy Home Assessment and the following services where appropriate:

— Replacement of carpet with hard surface flooring

— Deep cleaning of home

— Interior pest control

— Air purifiers and air

— Interior accessibility/fall prevention

— Basement and crawl space sealing

— Filter change-out and a supply of 4 replacements

– Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

“For North Carolina’s disadvantaged communities the cycle of poverty is inextricably intertwined with a cycle of poor health,” said Sharon Goodson, NCCAA’s executive director. “NCCAA has diligently worked through its 34 Community Action agencies to address a number of social determinants impacting health. Through this new partnership, we will provide North Carolina’s most vulnerable with access to a healthy home — the foundation of a strong community.”

Program services will be provided by 10 community action agencies in North Carolina.