Get the Lead Out!

Properties built before 1978 often used lead in paint and other building materials. These materials may be hazardous to the health of residents today. The City of Greensboro provides lead paint hazard reduction services at no cost as part of its Lead Safe Housing Program. Lead-Safe Greensboro provides grants to assist owners of single- and multi-family dwellings and rental properties with addressing...

When to call code enforcement

In this session we will hear from Mr. Troy Powell, Code Compliance Division Manager at the City of Greensboro. The Code Compliance Division investigates more than 11,000 properties per year to determine if reported issues violate City of Greensboro’s Code of Ordinances. By ensuring safe, healthy places to live, work and play, the division’s staff helps reduce the risk of declining...

Equitable Housing Solutions & Community Violence

The United Nations declared “the right to adequate housing” to be a fundamental human right in 1991. Affordable and safe housing is a necessity for good health and for healthy communities. Poor and inadequate housing conditions are associated with negative physical and mental health outcomes. Similarly, the environmental and social characteristics of neighborhoods impact health outcomes and negative...

Emergency Rental Assistance , Eviction Mediation, & COVID Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted housing so as much as it has exposed the underlying conditions resulting from a century of inequalities in access to safe, affordable, and decent housing. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being explored, but early data suggests that the wealth gap has grown as inequalities in employment, education, and housing have worsened for many households....

October 2021 – Housing Hangout

About this event President Joe Biden came into office at the beginning of this year on waves of expectation, not least in the area of national housing policy. His campaign offered a $640 billion affordable housing plan and promised to fight predatory lenders and landlords, make Section 8 an entitlement, restore fair housing enforcement and much more. Once in office, the administration put housing...

August Housing Hangout – Childhood Asthma & Housing

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood often occurring before the age of 5. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but we know that certain conditions in homes can produce “asthma triggers” such as certain types of dust, mold, and chemicals can invoke an asthma attack. Dr. Kenneth Gruber is a Research Scientist at the Center for Housing and Community Studies and is the author of...

Housing Hangout – Housing & Education

Good housing is important to educational outcomes, lack of adequate housing negatively impacts children Having a comfortable living environment means a lot to a family, especially to children during school age. However, there are barriers to students’ schooling at both macro and micro level related to housing. Studies show that housing policies can drive dramatic demographic change in cities and...

Housing Hangout – Lead Safe Housing, Weatherization, & Repairs

Substandard and hazardous housing conditions are an ongoing issue in Guilford County where more than 5,800 homes lack complete kitchens, over 3,100 have no plumbing, and more than twenty census tracks are designated as having ‘high’ risk of lead exposure due to the age of the housing stock. Many residents face the impact of unaddressed housing conditions as a result of the high cost...

Housing & Reproductive Justice

SisterSong, a national organization and reproductive justice collective, defines reproductive justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.  Housing insecurity threatens one’s ability to parent their children in a safe and healthy environment. Our panelists will describe the...

Housing Instability & Mental Health

Mental health is correlated with housing in several ways both as cause of housing precarity as well as an effect of poor housing. Studies have shown that mental illness is a predictor of living in a precarious housing situation, and one quarter of the homeless population in America suffer a mental illness. Yet also evictions, temporary housing situations, and poor housing conditions have been shown...