Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Detroit-Wayne County (GHHI Detroit-Wayne County) is a collaborative of nearly 40 organizations dedicated to creating green, healthy and safe homes for children and families in Detroit and Wayne County. Using cost-effective and integrated strategies, GHHI Detroit-Wayne County works to reduce housing related risks, increase energy efficiency in homes, and create employment opportunities in green and healthy industries.
Green Jobs focus on environmentally safe construction, weatherization, abatement and assessment practices. Through GHHI Detroit-Wayne County’s Green Jobs Training efforts, we help to create meaningful employment opportunities to underemployed and unemployed individuals.
Member organizations work together to reduce housing related risks, increase energy efficiency in homes, and create employment opportunities in green and healthy industries. For specific examples of our partners’ impact to date, CLICK HERE to visit Our Impact page.
GHHI Detroit-Wayne County is committed to serving all of Detroit and Wayne County. At the present time there is a particular focus on Detroit’s North End / Central Woodward neighborhood. This area includes the ZIP codes 48202, 48206 and a small portion of 48211, and is bounded by I-75 on the east, Grand Blvd on the south, Linwood St on the west, and Webb/Woodland on the north.
If you or someone you know needs assistance with a household hazard, CLICK HERE to visit our Get Help page which includes contact information of partner organizations that might be able to provide help.
Green & Healthy Home services are provided to families with children who live in dwellings with poor health and safety conditions with services that include: identifying the hazards in the home, education about safe and healthy home practices, free or low-cost home repair services and health and safety products for eligible residents, and access to GHHI Detroit-Wayne County agencies and grant opportunities.
The collaborative is making positive change in neighborhoods using programs that improve the health and well-being of children, families and seniors with its Green & Healthy Homes Services and Green Jobs Training and Placement. GHHI Detroit-Wayne County seeks to sustainably promote and support safe and healthy homes standards through policy change, legal enforcement of laws and codes, and advocacy and community organizing.
GHHI Detroit-Wayne County is a public-private partnership between government agencies, foundations, non-profits, institutions and corporations that convenes monthly to coordinate services, and address policies affecting their work. It is not a part of city or county government, however several of the organizations that are a part of the collaborative are city or county agencies.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Green and Healthy Home should be dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, ventilated, well-maintained and energy efficient.
GHHI Detroit-Wayne County addresses nearly two dozen household hazards with its Green and Healthy Homes Services. The most common are Lead, Excess Cold and Heat, Dampness and Mold Growth, Fall Hazards, Poisons, Fire Hazards, Faulty Electrical, Radon, Carbon Monoxide, Pests, and Structural Deficiencies.
GHHI Detroit-Wayne County partners are funded from a variety of sources including The Kresge Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the City of Detroit, Wayne County, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning/National GHHI, and the Open Society Foundations.
Organizations in the collaborative contribute using their specific expertise and resources to improve the health and safety of children and families living in Detroit and Wayne County. Participants include government agencies, non-profits, foundations, healthcare institutions, corporations, and environmental justice organizations.