Housing plays a central role in the health of our communities, particularly as the environmental health workforce works to help communities adapt and respond before, during, and after weather events like extreme heat, extreme cold, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires, which are increasing in frequency and intensity.
Healthy Housing in Rural Communities
We have partnered with the National Center for Healthy Housing to improve healthy housing and address environmental health hazards that impact the home, including issues that impact the indoor environment, the surrounding outdoor spaces, and services like drinking water and sanitation. This ongoing work identifies where environmental health and healthy housing professionals can assist and bridge gaps through creating resources, facilitating connections, or amplifying and disseminating information.
The resources developed and shared here are intended for any community that identifies itself as rural regardless of any formal definition.
Protecting Homes During Extreme Weather Webinar Series
This webinar series discusses high wind events (including hurricanes and their subsequent flooding) and their impact on homes. Topics of discussion included how local, state, and national organizations are working to ensure disaster survivors including households with low incomes, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities have the resources they need to fully recover.
EPA Tribal Lead Guidebook
This guidebook provides tribal communities an educational tool to discuss potential lead exposure and promote in-home activities that parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and others can do to reduce childhood lead exposure. | Lead Awareness in Indian Country
Tribal Green Building Toolkit
This Tribal Green Building Toolkit is designed to help tribal officials, community members, planners, developers and architects develop and adopt building codes to support green building practices. Both tribes without building codes and with existing building codes can use this Toolkit. | EPA Toolkit