The home serves many purposes besides a place of residency. The home is where we begin and finish our day, where families and their children live, play, and grow for years, and where people have a sense of comfort and safety. Unfortunately, the home is a place where many known and unknown environmental toxins cause health hazards that affect residents on a daily basis. Indoor environmental hazards in the home harm millions of children and families each year. Scientists have long recognized that indoor toxic hazards can pose far greater risks to children’s health than outdoor exposures because of the concentrated levels in enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces.
The following report outlines the initial efforts of a collaborative effort to develop an initial blueprint to adequately respond to these challenges in Chicago and Cook County. Participants include representatives from local, county, state, and federal agencies; community groups, private industry, and academia; and public health, housing, and child advocates. Implementing this blueprint will help to ensure that our children and families have homes that support good health and good living.
Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago, "A City and Countywide Summit to Advance Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois" (2015). Center for the Human Rights of Children. 8.
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