CCI Is Making the Case for Healthier Homes -- Join Us Now! Take Action Below!
CCI’s Advocacy Work
CCI understands the importance of identifying and removing barriers to advancement of healthy homes for people at all income levels and for both those who rent and those who own their home. We benchmark innovative actions, trends, and best practices around the country and beyond to understand where we can be “doing better” in our region and how to do it. Our focus right now is tackling some of our region’s common home health hazards: lead, mold, and radon.
• 82% of Allegheny County homes were built before 1978, when lead was a common ingredient in paint. Lead exposure in children can result in developmental delays, reduced IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other issues.
• Allegheny County homes are statistically likely to have radon counts above the EPA-recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter. Long-term radon exposure can result in lung cancer and causes more deaths per year in the US than drunk driving.
• Mold can occur in any home wherever there is moisture, causing asthma, obstructive lung disease, and lung infections. It can result from roof leaks, poor foundation drainage, or improper air-sealing, and it disproportionately impacts low-income and minority households.