Healthy Housing & IAQ

Healthy Homes Model

Mold Problem Caused by Water Intrusion Triggers Asthma

What is a Healthy Home?

The “Healthy Homes” model promoted by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is a concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury.

According to the NCHH, “a healthy home is designed, constructed, maintained, or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of residents. A growing body of evidence links housing conditions to health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, lung cancer, and unintentional injuries.”

The Seven Principles of Healthy Housing – Keep a home:

  • Dry
  • Clean
  • Pest-Free
  • Ventilated
  • Safe
  • Contaminant-Free
  • Maintained

    Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Sonoma County

    The Sonoma County Asthma Coalition is a member of the Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Sonoma County. The mission of the Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County is to promote a tobacco-free Sonoma County in a culturally appropriate manner.

    RAMP is a clearinghouse for asthma information, that provides technical assistance to asthma coalitions, and serves as a regional convener in the Bay Area. For more information go to RAMP website.

    California Healthy Housing Coalition
    The CA Healthy Housing Coalition’s mission is to provide leadership to promote safe and healthy housing for all. It brings together leaders in healthy housing from all over the state to identify and advocate for statewide and local policies that will improve health in housing.

    Tenant – Landlord Legal Rights and Responsibilities

    It is the responsibility of all parties involved with a rental property to take the steps to remove any problems that may contribute to unhealthy living conditions in residential housing.

    Environmental triggers such as mold or pests may trigger asthma or other negative health impacts for tenants in residential housing. Prevention of indoor environmental triggers is the best health measure anyone can take.

    For more information on Tenant-Landlord Rights and Responsibilities contact the California Rural Legal Assistance at

    Northern California Center for Well Being
    The Center for Well Being has developed a Healthy Homes Toolkit (see link under “resources”) for landlords on how to reduce asthma triggers and improve indoor air quality in multi unit housing. For more information, contact