Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership

The Eight Principles of Healthy Housing

The Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership is a little different than other housing programs, because we follow the “Eight Principles of Healthy Housing”, developed as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Healthy Homes Initiative”. This holistic approach aims to address multiple housing-based health hazards in order to make homes in Las Vegas safer and healthier.

The Healthy Homes approach aims to address problems in the home before they become a serious concern.

For example, a home might have a water leak under the sink which causes the wood to rot. If left untreated, long term leaks can lead to mold growth, which is a common asthma trigger. By addressing issues found in the home that can lead to health problems we can improve a family's quality of life.

This means that if your home is kept: Dry, Clean, Ventilated (Air Fresh), Pest-Free, Safe, Contaminant-Free, Maintained, and Green, your home will be much less likely to pose health hazards to you and your family.

  1. Keep it Dry
    Moisture in the home can lead to mold and mildew, and can support pests. Too much moisture can also damage the home itself. Keeping your home dry helps you avoid these problems, and helps you create and maintain a healthy home.
  2. Keep it Clean
    Because many health hazards are related to clutter or filth, a home should be kept clean. Clutter can collect dirt, provide a hiding spot for pests, and can cause trips or falls.
  3. Keep the Air Fresh
    A home should have clean, fresh air. Indoor air can become polluted if it is not properly circulated and filtered. Bringing fresh air in and filtering out pollutants helps keep your family healthy.
  4. Keep it Pest-Free
    Cockroaches, rodents, and other pests come into the home looking for food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, these pests bring diseases and hazards with them. The good news is that pests can be eliminated using safe techniques that will not harm your family or pets.
  5. Keep it Safe
    A home should be safe for residents of all ages. Injuries can occur from a variety of objects and sources, and contribute to drowning, suffocation, and poisoning. Most of these injuries can be easily prevented with just a few simple steps.
  6. Keep it Contaminant-Free
    Contaminants such as tobacco smoke, asthma triggers, and common household products can be harmful to your health. Household cleaners and pesticides must be properly stored to prevent poisoning and other injury. Keeping your home contaminant-free is important to creating a healthy environment for you and your family.
  7. Keep it Maintained
    All homes, no matter how old or new, need to be maintained. Cracks, leaks, and breaks can lead to a variety of problems in your home. Taking care of minor repairs right away often saves time, effort, and money, and can help prevent health problems. It can also help prevent large repairs later.
  8. Keep it “Green”
    Keeping your home “green” is an important step in making your home healthy. Keeping your home “green” usually means two things: (1) that your home is protected from outside weather (especially hot and cold air) and (2) that you make small changes in your home that help you conserve water and energy. “Green” homes can save you money on utility bills, can help conserve the Earth’s resources, and can positively affect your family’s health.