GHHI has successfully met all of its CGI Commitments. Since 2012, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative has expanded its work and is now active in 25 GHHI sites including: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver, Dubuque, Flint, Greater Syracuse, Jackson, Lansing, Lewiston-Auburn, Marin County, Memphis, New Haven, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Salt Lake County, San Antonio, Springfield, Staten Island, and the State of Rhode Island. These GHHI sites are completing integrated health, rehabilitation and weatherization/energy efficiency housing interventions to create green and healthy homes. New Technical Assistance Specialists and local GHHI Outcome Broker staff have been hired to provide technical assistance and local leadership specifically around the expansion of GHHI to meet the CGI goals. GHHI provides an array of technical assistance support services to new sites and has developed an onboarding process that aids newer sites in implementing GHHIs comprehensive, integrated housing assessment and intervention model.
To foster its objective of creating a national movement to transform how housing services are delivered, GHHI helped HUD in shaping and establishing its bold goal in 2010 of including health and energy interventions as part of HUD supported housing rehabilitation and home repair interventions. In furthering its commitments, GHHI continued to work with HUD to translate those earlier, broader agency goals into specific policy change through the creation of bonus points in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 HUD General NOFAs for all HUD grant program applicants who adopt comprehensive, integrated housing standards into their HUD funded program designs. Influenced by GHHI and HUDs promotion of the GHHI model practices, HUD funded programs nationally are now aligning and braiding resources to deliver healthier, safer, and more energy efficient homes. By advancing this set of principles in partnership with HUD and based upon data provided in HUDs Annual Performance Reports, HUD funds have supported the creation of 316,712 green and healthy homes units since 2012.
GHHI sites encountered challenges during the CGI commitment period in diminished resources coming from traditional federal agencies to support housing renovation work. GHHI and several sites have navigated this challenge by providing a model that is attracting investment from non-traditional sources. In several states that GHHI works in, there were Office of the Attorney General settlement funds (New York, Rhode Island) or Public Service Commission (PSC) utility merger funds that needed to be awarded. By developing a proven systems change model and being ready to nimbly respond to funding opportunities, GHHI and its sites have learned that they have the ability to secure critical gap funding. $38,900,000 in PSC utility merger funds and $4,300,000 in Attorney General settlement funds from these two innovative funding sources have been awarded for implementation of the GHHI integrated home intervention model established in GHHI sites and that is fueling increased unit production and improved housing intervention service delivery for low income families.
To support GHHI unit production goals and increase healthy homes funding, GHHI has also used evidence based practices and strong data and evaluation from its successful GHHI Baltimore asthma program component to provide justification for the development of innovative Pay For Success (PFS) funding in ten additional jurisdictions. A peer reviewed study of GHHI Baltimore units published in the Journal of Environmental Justice found a 66% reduction in asthma hospitalizations, 62% increase in clients reporting no school absences due to asthma, and an 88% increase in participants reporting never having to miss a day of work due to their childs asthma post intervention. By utilizing systematic evaluation practices to capture client health, energy and other outcomes, GHHI has been able to secure funding from the Corporation for National and Community Services Social Innovation Fund to replicate the GHHI Asthma Pay for Success (PFS) model in five other cities (Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Memphis, Salt Lake, and Springfield) as well as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding to replicate the Asthma PFS model in five additional jurisdictions (New York CIty, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and the State of Rhode Island).
GHHI committed to create 1,550 green jobs that incorporated the inclusion of healthy homes standards and training into the field of weatherization and energy efficiency. Through its workforce development and training programs, GHHI has created or retained 1,614 jobs. GHHI sites have enrolled 1,300 individuals in green and home performance related training programs to improve employment opportunities for unemployed community residents and to increase earning capacity for underemployed workers. For example, in GHHI Buffalo, trainees completing comprehensive green jobstraining are averaging a higher wage ($2-$4/hour more) hat results in $4,000-$8,000 increases in annual wages and more household income due to their increased skills.
The GHHI project is continuing beyond the original CGI commitment to scale the GHHI model nationally.