Who We Are
Healthy Homes is a free, indoor air quality program for residents of the City of Fort Collins aimed at improving the air quality of their homes, through reducing biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety. Many home health and safety issues can be resolved with low cost or no cost solutions.
If you’d like to find out how to volunteer or learn more about the program, contact us at bXBhYXJkcnVwQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, or call 970-416-2832.
One out of four homes in Fort Collins has a family member with respiratory ailments.
- The majority of Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and the indoor air quality can be up 5 times worse than outdoors.
- According to the EPA, indoor air quality pollutants are ranked among the top 5 environmental risks to public health
The program is designed to:
- Promote and enhance healthy, safe, and environmentally-sound household practices.
- Increase the number of homes tested and mitigated for radon.
- Create awareness to reduce asthma triggers.
- Increase effective indoor air quality practices through community-level education and outreach programs.
- Reduce toxic or harmful exposure in homes.
- Heighten safety measures and awareness.
- Increase participation in home energy audits
Values and Principles:
- A healthy home environment improves the quality of resident’s lives, particularly children and individuals with respiratory problems.
- A personalized approach is effective in motivating people to improve their home environment and change behaviors.
- Residents, through their own actions, can make changes in their home to prevent illness, and make their homes the best they can be in face of extreme weather events and wildfires.
Home Assessment Process
- Initial discussion/interview with the resident
- Non-invasive walk through inspection to identify problem areas and concerns
- Radon test set up
- 3-5 low-cost or no-cost recommendations are made
- Fire/smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide detectors distributed and installed when appropriate
- City of Fort Collins programs are reviewed with residents including:
- Transportation options
- Hazardous waste
- No Idling and Eco Driving
- Energy audit
- Natural Areas map
- Rebate programs
- Three follow-up contacts conducted by staff at one week, two month and six month intervals to measure success of behavior change
The Healthy Homes staff has initiated relationships that have led to cross collaborations and partnerships with many national, regional and local programs, including the following:
- Poudre Fire Authority
- Poudre School District
- Region 8 US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Region 8 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Center for Healthy Housing
- University of Colorado Health System (PVH)
- Aspen Club
- National Jewish Healthy
- Fort Collins Youth Clinic
- Salud Clinic
- Vida Sana/ Can Do
- Healthy Home Coalition (Hosted by the Colorado Departments of Public Health and the Environment)
- Colorado State University Departments of: Agriculture-Integrated Pest Management, Public Health, Environmental Healthy, MAP ERC
- Neighbor 2 Neighbor
- Habitat for Humanity