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 Housing Stability