Detroit’s homes are some of the most challenged in the country. According to the 2013 State of Healthy Housing report, Detroit’s basic housing quality ranks 43rd out of 44 cities across the country. The Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University is also collecting data on Detroit’s housing by conducting Healthy Homes Rating System (HHRS) assessments in hundreds of homes across the city. Preliminary data shows that 56% of Detroit homes have at least one serious health or safety risk. These risks can lead to serious health effects including lead poisoning, asthma, falls, burns, cancer and even death.
The good news is that many of these health effects can be prevented through assessment and repairs. GHHI Detroit-Wayne County is committed to working with local families to provide information and resources to help them maintain a safe, healthy and green home.
Learn more about the most serious health and safety risks in Detroit houses by clicking the images below: