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POLICY 46

Healthy Housing: Proactively address health hazards in housing and advance design that improves physical and mental health.

As people spend more of their time indoors (according to the Environmental Protection Agency people spend on average 93 percent of their time indoors), it becomes more important than ever for those indoor spaces to foster a healthy environment. Poor indoor air quality and indoor environmental pollutants such as lead, mold, pests and radon can have lifelong impacts on health. These conditions and pollutants disproportionately impact low-income households, children of color and renters.

The design and maintenance of housing also has a dramatic impact on both physical and mental health. Embracing active and healthy living in housing design can include everything from the design and location of stairwells and areas for bicycle storage to the integration of breakfast nooks, to creating social spaces in buildings that foster connections both within the building and with the broader community. 

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to proactively address health hazards in housing and advance design that improves physical and mental health.

  1. Focus resources for housing improvement programs and actions in historically underinvested communities where unhealthy housing has caused poor health outcomes.
  2. Support and expand programs and actions that identify and proactively remediate health hazards in existing housing.
  3. Support and expand programs and redevelopment activity to remediate environmental and public health hazards related to housing and neighborhoods.
  4. Promote inclusion of active living design components in housing.
  5. Promote building and community design that includes public spaces that foster connectivity within and outside of a building.
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