MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis is now the first city in Tennessee to officially join the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, which is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children.
Nearly 25 organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, promising to work together to make homes healthier and more energy efficient.
Officials say the partnership can improve the health, economic, and social outcomes for families in low-income neighborhoods.
"If you think about homes were kids are living, if there are things in the home that are exacerbating asthma, and if they're spending times in the hospital, they’re not spending time in the classroom,” says Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO of Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. “The families are moving and fleeing from bad housing conditions. That disrupts not only school attendance, it disrupts a parent’s ability to work."
More than 30 cities nationwide are working with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.