Healthy and Efficient Residential Environments

Health, equity and oppportunity begin at home

Expanding access to resource-efficient, healthy affordable housing

The Healthy and Efficient Residential Environments (HERE) program ensures that everyone has access to housing that supports their well-being.

The same strategies that enable efficiency—like improved insulation, the electrification and installation of Energy Star-rated appliances, dedicated fresh air ventilation and materials choices—all create improved conditions for indoor health. People spend on average 90% of their lives indoors. Poor indoor air quality can have severe negative impacts on the respiratory system. Children who are exposed to mold, mildew, and other triggers can develop or exacerbate lifelong respiratory issues such as asthma. Unhealthy housing conditions can lead to missed days of school or work, increased hospital visits, higher healthcare costs, and poor quality of life.

At its heart, HERE supports economic mobility, equity and opportunity by increasing the affordability of homes for low wage-earning families and improving indoor air quality conditions while delivering on the promise of a low-carbon future. We partner with public housing agencies, philanthropic organizations and businesses to help deliver a more equitable future through more equitable housing.

HERE improves health outcomes and housing stability by:

    Improved Health

  • Reduced trips to ER and the doctor’s office
  • Reduced refills of respiratory medicines
  • Reduced absences from school and work
  • Improved Housing Stability

  • Reduced utility burden
  • Improved economic stability
  • Improved housing quality

Partner with Us

Contact us to discuss a partnership to help deliver a more equitable future through equitable housing.

HERE LaGrange

Southface is working with the City of LaGrange and the Calumet Park Neighborhood Association to improve the health and wellbeing of 50 low-income households by hiring local subcontractors to make HVAC improvements, energy and water efficiency retrofits, and other measures to improve indoor health and safety.

HERE Sarasota

Southface Sarasota is teaming up with the Sarasota Housing Authority and the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, to develop a plan for renovations that can reduce energy, water use and utility bills while also improving residents’ health.