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Healthy Homes

Healthy Homes

Even though there are many times that we leave our homes for work, play, or other reasons, we still always return. The home is where we eat, sleep, and raise our families. Which is why it's important to keep our homes in a condition that doesn't harm our body's well being. A Healthy Home is one where the home protects the health, safety, and welfare of its inhabitants. The National Center for Healthy Housing developed eight principals of Healthy Housing.

Omaha Housing Rehabilitation & Healthy Homes Resource Guide

View our Omaha Housing Rehabilitation and Healthy Homes Resource Guide. This resource guide gives information on programs that can help make a home healthier through home rehabilitation, repairs, funding, and more. The resource guide gives a program's services, eligibility requirements, and service area. Program information is updated periodically.

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Healthy Homes Assessment Form

The HCD department collaborated with the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance to develop a home assessment form that grades a home's healthiness. The form is based upon the 8 Principles of Healthy Housing as established by the National Center for Healthy Housing. View or download the PDF to grade a home! (Note that the calculating feature won’t work on some browsers. Instead, download and open with Adobe Reader.)


8 Principles of Healthy Housing





Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.




Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.


Pest Free



Studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.




The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.


Contaminant Free



Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.

Well Ventilated



Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.


Well Maintained



Poorly-maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 240,000 U.S. children.

Energy Efficient


  Thermally Controlled

Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problems related to prolonged exposure to excessive
heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.