Healthy Public Housing Initiative

The Healthy Public Housing Initiative is a Boston-based, community-centered project designed to engage public housing residents in a collaborative process to improve the health and quality of life of residents, as well as building conditions. The initiative partners include university researchers, city agencies, and community organizations.

Earlier studies noted connections between indoor environmental conditions and resident health. The Healthy Public Housing Initiative is conducting interventions designed to reduce environmental health hazards, especially asthma triggers and is measuring the changes in health status of children with asthma, after completion of the interventions. It is hoped that better understanding of the links between improvements in building and apartment conditions and resident health will lead to changes in maintenance practices and in funding for public housing that will make healthy environments for public housing residents a priority.

For more information, please visit the Healthy Public Housing Initiative website at