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ACR-91 Healthy Homes Awareness Month.(2021-2022)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 91


Introduced by Assembly Member Chiu

June 09, 2021


Relative to Healthy Homes Awareness Month.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 91, as introduced, Chiu. Healthy Homes Awareness Month.
This measure would designate the month of June 2021 as Healthy Homes Awareness Month in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development recognizes June as National Healthy Homes Month; and
WHEREAS, Healthy homes are dry, pest free, contaminant free, safe, ventilated, clean, well maintained, thermally controlled, and affordable; and
WHEREAS, Unhealthy conditions, including physical safety hazards and exposure to lead-based paint, radon, mold, pests, allergens, and second- and third-hand smoke, cause or contribute to a wide range of illness and disease, including lead poisoning, asthma, cancer, and physical injury; and
WHEREAS, Living with substandard housing conditions or housing costs exceeding 30 percent of income are associated with increased stress and other mental health impacts; and
WHEREAS, California faces considerable healthy homes challenges, including, according to a 2017 American Housing Survey report, nearly 660,000 homes having “severely inadequate” or “moderately inadequate” plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, nearly 1,200,000 homes having signs of mice, over 1,600,000 reporting cockroaches, over 2,000,000 having water leaks, and almost 500,000 having mold; and
WHEREAS, Farmworkers are a key to California’s economy, yet disproportionately face unhealthy and structurally deficient housing conditions that are often exacerbated by crowding or lack of affordability; and
WHEREAS, Mobilehomes represent a substantial portion of the unsubsidized affordable housing supply in many communities, particularly in rural areas, and tend to house older Californians who tend to have more health vulnerabilities than the general public, yet water systems in mobilehome parks are more likely to incur health violations, and health and safety inspections were conducted at fewer than half of the mobilehome parks under state jurisdiction between 2010 and 2019; and
WHEREAS, In 2018, over 7,140 children tested in California had elevated blood lead levels, with deteriorated lead-based paint as the leading cause of exposure; and
WHEREAS, In 2016, over 324,000 older Californians went to the emergency department or were hospitalized due to falls, often resulting from unsafe conditions in the home, which is a 68 percent increase from 2006; and
WHEREAS, Renters, who are, according to a 2017 American Housing Survey report, 3.4 times more likely to live in housing with moderately inadequate plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, 2.75 times more likely to have mold in their homes, and 2.25 times more likely to report cockroaches in their homes, disproportionately live in unhealthy conditions; and
WHEREAS, Disparities in the quality of rental housing and owner-occupied housing disproportionately harm communities of color in California as 65 percent of African Americans and 57 percent of Latinxs rent their home compared to 36 percent of whites; and
WHEREAS, Private and public investment in housing quality can improve health outcomes, reduce health care costs, and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities while also making homes more resilient to extreme weather and wildfires; and
WHEREAS, Many families and households in California are unaware that their homes can have serious health and safety hazards, and awareness about the dangers of unhealthy or unsafe housing can save lives; and
WHEREAS, Many federal, state, and local programs provide support to homeowners, landlords, and tenants to mitigate and prevent injury and illness from unhealthy housing conditions, including childhood lead poisoning prevention, tobacco control, weatherization, aging in place, home repair, and housing rehabilitation and preservation programs; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the month of June 2021 as Healthy Homes Awareness Month in order to increase awareness and understanding of healthy housing, and to educate home owners, landlords, and renters of programs and resources available to mitigate unhealthy housing conditions and prevent those conditions from arising in the future; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.