Alexandria’s Healthy Homes Network is launching the engagement project to both gather information on issues like mold and pests and to help residents become more aware of home hazards.
Housing conditions have been at the forefront of several fights between renters and property owners around the city. According to a release:
The first phase of this community engagement work will set priorities on home condition topics such as mold, pests, accessibility, aging in place, and working heat and air conditioning. The second phase will explore the causes behind local home hazards, including public and private policies or systems that make the issues worse. This second phase will also focus on developing solutions for the priority areas. The community engagement effort will go through spring 2024.
This community discussion is part of Alexandria’s larger Healthy Homes Initiative. The initiative is working to ensure all Alexandrians have healthy and safe, hazard-free housing. Work is facilitated by the Alexandria Health Department along with local partners in Alexandria’s Healthy Homes Network. Other efforts include the development of metrics to assess the quality of local housing, tools to catalog existing home safety resources, and programs to respond to health issues created by unhealthy homes.
The survey is available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Dari and Pashto. The survey will be open until Jan. 3, 2024.