Healthy Housing

Building for Health: Peace of Mind

The Quintero family of Manchester, Connecticut is breathing much easier these days after the Building for Health initiative fixed hazards in their home and provided support for their daughter’s worsening asthma symptoms.

Building for Health launched in 2019 to increase collaboration between the housing, health and energy sectors with the goal of improving the overall health of children and families living in Hartford, Connecticut. It has since expanded to other communities across the state.

The Quinteros connected to Building for Health through the State of Connecticut’s Putting on AIRS asthma education program after noticing their 6-year-old daughter Emily’s asthma symptoms were getting worse. They were concerned about Emily’s health and the health of their two other children, 4-year-old Daniel and newborn Luna.

In addition to providing asthma education, the Putting on AIRS team discovered mold in the family’s basement, which is one of the hazards they are trained to look for through Building for Health. Putting on AIRS helped the family apply for additional help through Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program (Healthy Homes), which is another Building for Health partner.  

The Healthy Homes team took steps to remove and replace moldy surfaces and fixtures and fixed areas where water leaked into the basement and walls. In addition, the team installed a carbon monoxide detector and window guards to prevent falls.

Through this initiative, the family has also connected with a weatherization program run by HE Energy Solutions, which conducted an energy audit to identify ways to increase energy efficiency in the house to reduce heating and energy expenses and create a healthier environment.

Click here to read the Quintero’s full story and learn more about their experience with Building for Health.

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