Addressing housing hazards is critical amid more time at home

In a new post, the National League of Cities suggests that addressing home hazards like lead paint, mold, and poor ventilation is especially pressing, now that people are spending so much time at home. The author finds that despite increased exposure to home hazards in the pandemic, city budgets are shrinking and unable to execute the planning, permitting, repair, and inspection services needed to support healthy homes. The post suggests that cities utilize code enforcement officers as a liaison between renters and landlords, leverage funds from community development grants, and foster partnerships with housing and health sectors to ameliorate risky housing conditions, which disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. #covid-19 #racialequity

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