Healthy Homes Issues
In 1998, Congress appropriated funds and directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to “develop and implement a program of research and demonstration projects that would address multiple housing-related problems affecting the health of children.”
In response, HUD solicited the advice of experts in several disciplines and developed a preliminary plan for the Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI). The primary goal of the HHI is to protect children from housing conditions that are responsible for multiple diseases and injuries.
As part of this initiative, HUD has prepared a series of papers to provide background information to their current HHI grantees, as well as other programs considering adopting a healthy homes approach. This background paper focuses on molds and provides a brief
overview of the current status of knowledge on:
- The extent and nature of mold hazards in the home;
- Assessment methods for mold hazards in the home;
- Mitigation methods for mold hazards in the home; and
- Information needs in the field of mold research.