How Do Homes Impact Health?

  1. Indoor air pollution is 4 – 5 times worse than outdoor air and sometimes even greater.
  2. We spend 90% of our time indoors.
  3. 15% of homeowners may be allergic to elements in their own homes.
  4. Prevalence of asthma has double since 1976.

Indoor air pollution has been described by EPA and Congress as America’s number one environmental health problem. Air pollutants can and do cause allergies, sick building syndrome, bacterial infections and spread viruses to name a few. The American College of Allergists state that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air.  NEXT: How does our air inside the house get polluted?

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$10 Million in Grants to Aid Homeownership

$10 Million in Grants to Aid Homeownership

construction-spending-misses-expectations-falls-06The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – HUD announced Wednesday that it is awarding $10 million in grants to four non-profit organizations that will create homes for hundreds of families.

These grants are known as “Sweat Equity” grants, which combine efforts and labor from volunteers and homebuyers themselves.   The non-profit organizations recipients of these grants are: Community Frameworks  ($540,000),   Habitat for Humanity International   ($6.21 million),   Housing Assistance Council   ($1.56 million), and   Tierra del Sol    (Western States Housing Consortium, $1.68 million).

Homebuyers are required to contribute a minimum number of “Sweat Equity” hours toward the building and development of their own homes as participation for this self-help homeownership programs, according to HUD. The minimum sweat equity requirement is 100 hours for a household consisting of two or more persons and 50 hours for a household consisting of one person.

Community volunteers labor participation is also required. Sweat equity and volunteer labor includes any number of activities related         to the construction of a home such as painting, carpentry, foundation work, drywall, trim work, roofing, or siding, among others.