Ten Minnesota communities in Minnesota will soon be healthier places to live. The Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities has awarded $23,000 to support projects in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state. Each recipient organization is pursuing an innovative strategy to improve health, housing, and well-being.
The projects range from creating more vibrant community gardens, better collaboration between tenants and landlords, bike programs, and citizen advocacy for user-friendly streets.
Together, the projects will strengthen local networks and collaboration, educate the public about how to make homes and communities healthier, and promote policies and practices which advance healthy homes and communities.
The projects to be funded include:
- Ecolibrium3: To educate homeowners on environmental problems in the home that can impact health and how to mitigate energy, air quality, mold, lead, and safety concerns.
- Alliance for Sustainability: To integrate healthy homes and behavior change into the Bloomington/Richfield Sustainability Fair and 9 other suburban Living Green Fairs.
- Cycles for Change: To build on the success of the Youth Bike Club through youth-led weekly rides to encourage healthy transportation choices.
- Headwaters Regional Development Commission: To educate homeowners on safe and healthy homes and provide resources for improvements. To provide a checklist for home buyers to make informed decisions.
- Wadena County Public Health: To organize an event with local rental property owners and managers to build relationships and awareness for maintaining healthy rental properties.
- The Sierra Club North Star Chapter: To create Citizen Summits that will increase effective citizen advocacy for transit oriented development.
- Project Sweetie Pie: To pilot a Youth Cafe celebrating a summer of Gardens Galore, the seeding of North Minneapolis through scattered community gardens.
- American Lung Associate of the Upper Midwest: To provide in-depth training for agencies in St. Louis and Carlton counties on environmental assessment for Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control activities.
- Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: To build relationships with the Hmong community to help keep families safe in their homes.
- Spring Lake Park Fire Department: To organize a community event at Scotland Green Apartments in Mound View to educate residents, provide safety equipment, and create a safer environment for residents.
The mission of the Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities is to promote, support and provide healthy homes and communities for all Minnesotans. The Alliance is made up of 100 organizations and individuals who believe that all Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. These mini-grants are made possible by a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.