Like all Housing for Health projects, Safety and all 9 Healthy Living Practices. Every project goes through a rigorous methodology that combines immediate action with data collection to simultaneously fix houses and gain a clear understanding of what other aspects of the house need fixing to improve health. Data collected from overseas Housing for Health programs is compared to over 30 years of Australian work.Learn More
Healthabitat’s Housing for Health methodology works in urban, rural and remote settings.
We know this because we have worked in all of these environments.
Project Background Housing for Health overseas since 2010
20+ families impacted
Housing for Health projects have so far been undertaken in Brooklyn, New York and in the Navajo Nation in the South-West of the USA.
Healthabitat has worked with key local and international partners to make significant improvements to the living environments of families in both of these areas.
20+ Houses fixed
In 2010 Healthabitat ran a trial project in Brooklyn, New York City. 10 apartments were chosen to see if the Housing for Health methodology could be applied to an urban environment. What we found was much like Australia, lack of routine maintenance and little to no vandalism. Healthabitat developed a full budget to improve the remaining 4,300 apartments which came to $24m. We are waiting to hear from New York City for the go-ahead!
A Global Issue Poor health from the living environment is not limited by geography, by skin color or by religion
A poor living environment, poor housing and the bugs that do people harm. None of those are limited by geography, by skin colour or by religion.
A rigorous methodology that improves the living environment. Tested in a variety of urban, rural and remote conditions in locations across the globe.
An improved living environment and that allows people the hardware they need to keep healthy.
HH partners IWSH made a video of the CPC challenge Navajo Nation 2018 which gives some good context to the project and shows that the issues we have seen in Australia are universal.
Lessons from the Data Poor living environments not limited by geography
Projects in the USA are small and often require large infrastructure upgrades which means money is spent on getting power and water to a house rather than testing to see if a shower is working.
Working with small community populations and small house sample sizes mean health status changes slowly. The data we have so far is therefore subject to change as projects continue.
We know the importance of these healthy living practices and improving health status has been proved many times elsewhere in the world. The data below is from CPC Navajo Nation – Baca Prewitt 2018
Electrical earth connection OK
Critical Healthy Living Practice 1 –
Washing people, particularly children: Houses with hot water to SHOWER.
Critical Healthy Living Practice 3 –
Removing waste water safely: Houses with a working TOILET
Meet our Project Partners Healthabitat links in with good people on the ground
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has been protecting the public’s health and safety for ninety-three years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world.
IAMPO has been a long time collaborator with HH and worked on the CPC Navajo projects.Learn More
Community Solutions believe that all communities have the power to end homelessness — we work with the cities and counties making it a reality every day.
Healthabitat worked on a trial project to survey and fix several apartments in New York City. This was organised by Common Ground and the Brownsville Partnership. Local community staff volunteered and were trained to complete the Survey Fix work and employed for a week. Local trades were employed to do some fix work on each apartment.Learn More
News - Updates
CPC update – “This is the first time a promise has been kept”20/07/2020
Update on the latest CPC at Navajo Mountain, USA. Healthabitat and long term partners IAPMO have officially wrapped up, the CPC (Community Plumbing Challenge): Navajo Mountain in Arizona. This saw plumbers and other trades invited into tough places not just to write reports but to actually get their hands dirty and improve the living environment in tough situations.