Skip to comments.Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing'
Posted on 02/09/2013 8:45:47 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(CNSNews.com) - Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer.
This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."
The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action."
"People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said.
"Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, lead poisoning, result in lost school days for children, as well as lost productivity in the labor force."
According to the Obama administration, the health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated with both subsidized and privately owned homes cost billions of dollars.
The new strategy "unifies" federal efforts to advance healthy housing -- "demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents health."
The federal partners pushing healthy housing include the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Surgeon General, and Energy Department.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says the federal government must do "everything we can to ensure that individuals and families have a healthy place to call home." He said the strategy "will help the federal government unify action (on) controlling and preventing major housing-related exposures and hazards."
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the government now has a "specific plan for action to address radon and other preventable hazards found in homes across the country." The strategy, she added, "is a critical step" toward ensuring that "Americans in all communities have healthy places to live, work and play."
The healthy homes strategy sets five goals for reducing the number of substandard homes:
-- Establish healthy homes recommendations (homes should be dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, and well-maintained and thermally controlled);
-- Encourage adoption of healthy homes recommendations (federal, state and local regulations);
-- Create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing (train people for new jobs in green energy and construction);
-- Educate the public about healthy homes (advertising campaigns telling Americans how their homes ought to be)
-- Support research that advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner (taxpayer-funded grants to study the problem).
A 2013 report from the "Federal Healthy Homes Work Group" notes that "susceptible and vulnerable populations, such as children, the poor, minorities, individuals with behavioral health issues, and people with chronic medical conditions, may be disproportionately impacted by inadequate housing."
The report also says many home-based hazards are preventable -- "and opportunities exist for intervention programs that would not only reduce health impacts on
occupants, but the economic burden as well, resulting in a positive return on investment."
now they might mandate we spend $20,000 a year on housing too?
An entity as stone dumb as the federal government is now going to tell us what our houses should be like?
I’m pretty sure the Constitution didn’t give them that power. I didn’t see a mention of Congress (the alleged lawmaking body) being involved, either.
Nanny State PING!
“and opportunities exist for intervention programs that would not only reduce health impacts on
occupants, but the economic burden as well, resulting in a positive return on investment.
Obama has a whole different meaning to those two words...
What’s the R number and the S number for this legislation? I mean, every law that passes, goes thru the house and senate, has an assigned number...
just curious, mind you...
Sounds like a good reason for the govt to condem our homes then force us to live in govt provided housing.
Agenda 21...move everyone into central areas...easier to control.
Stupid voters buy this crap. Obama cares for them. That’s all that counts.
They do such a good job on the public tenements that they run, they want to tell the rest of the landlords how to do theirs.
Looking forward to the fine print.
Every home must have a foot bath and prayer rug.
Every home must have a barn/stable for camels.
Translation: hold on to your wallets.
“(homes should be dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, and well-maintained and thermally controlled);”
Safe?How on earth do you define safe? Many neighborhoods would make a mansion “unsafe”.
Four more years of this?
Another effing redundant government program. How many things must this..ponce..come up with!? We all know that it’s just meant to sap the economy, drain America dry until it collapses from blood loss.
Congress? We don’ need no steenking Congress!
There’s that word, “intervention” it means a Federal
Inspector to examine your house/apartment perhaps.
Government is your friend and benefactor, repeat./s
Everything, I mean everything, ties into “health.”
Now that Bambicare is the law of the land it’s too late for Katie to bar the door.
Just get ready....
That religion of yours is unhealthy.
Your family is unhealthy.
Your business is unhealthy.
“Safe” means gun-free.
So... who’s gonna pay for all this silly cr*p...?
Once uppn a time, Americans largely lived in log cabins and didn’t whine to a vast federal machinery for approval of their homes.
This Obama character will do ANYTHING to distract the American people from the fact that the economy is broken and he can’t fix it with all his commie horse sh*t.
What this means, to get fed tax $$ for your house, you will have to allow a federal inspector into your home, who will look for guns first (and ask), and drugs second. Third, they'll certainly have a checklist and put all your information into a database, the better to track you with.
Finally, this should really be unconstitutional as it can not possibly be construed, even remotely, under the commerce clause (inter-state stuff), and would certainly interfere in the 10th Amendment states rights protection (not that there is a federal judge worth his salt that would block the feds from doing this). Of course, the feds just might use this to press the states on the obamacare Exchanges ($$ for this can be used for that kind of thing).
Just another power grab by the power-grabbers (Dems).
Hey, a trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there...pretty soon you’re talking about real money.
What the hell...it’s only money.
Thanks for the ping!
Communist Tyrant “Benghazi-Coward” Obama Information File.
The EPA can do whatever they want under NEPA as long as Congress writes them a check.
It’s “bold” all right, just like the Bolshevik revolution was “bold”
I miss Carter.
Heck even LBJ was a better president.
The problem with President Obama’s ideology is there’s never an end to it. If you’re someone who believes government needs to act wherever there’s a need, then government will never stop expanding. However, government is inherently inefficient, and the larger the government, the more inefficient it becomes. So when the government acts, it creates further distortions which will require even more government to address. It becomes a never ending cycle of expansion until there’s no area left free.
So that’s the issue here. There’s ALWAYS a need somewhere, and there’s ALWAYS some sort of problem that needs to be addressed. No government is ever big enough for the likes of President Obama who probably sees the US Constitution as an annoying, archaic restriction on his ability to help people. He’s not alone. President Bush, for example, had his $30 billion AIDS program for Africa.
We should also be aware that government programs do help some people. There are millions of people right now who are on the upside of wealth redistribution programs. That includes seniors getting expensive medical care far in excess of anything they ever paid into Medicare, poor people on Medicaid, welfare moms, and even crony capitalists with lucrative government contracts. Have no doubt, some people are indeed benefitting from more government.
It’s not that conservatives don’t believe in helping people. We do. It’s how people are helped that matters. If people are better off because they’ve essentially robbed their neighbors, I don’t agree with it. If liberty is sacrificed so some people are protected from their own bad choices, then again, I don’t agree. In the end, the left will have sacrificed prosperity and liberty for nothing.
Strike that. The fag can't even throw a baseball. I bet he never did any home repairs.
Another ACORN payoff...
It was the ACORN type groups that were awarded stimulus bucks to “weatherproof” houses on low income types.
Here it comes again...........
Every house must have the pictures of the POTUS and VPOTUS posted in the master bedroom and family room and posted in a very prominent place !
> Looking forward to the fine print.
> Every home must have a foot bath and prayer rug.
> Every home must have a barn/stable for camels.
Do you mean lazy ass Obama's people payoff?
I’ll take a swing at this one.
If states and localities so choose, they could tell the feds you had better not send your inspectors to the homes of our citizens or we will stop you by whatever means necessary.
The Constitution protects us from unlawful searches. Have we committed a federal crime? Where is the search warrant? Etc. Etc. Etc.
A 1969 EPA law cannot trump the U.S. Constitution.
I’m sure the IRS would drop criminal prosecution if we villagers-serfs paid a hefty penalty for failing to replace our roofs in a timely manner.
This is all about making private property “unsustainable”. . .The government to condemn and confiscate “unhealthy and unsafe” property and relocate the masses into “sustainable” population centers. No joke. .that is the plan. . .and those that resist? . .hello FEMA camps.
agenda 21. cram everyone into dense urban centers - run by democrats because they need more people there with money to confiscate.
CAFO for people.
King Henry VIII's castle didn't have any of this. Section 8 food stampers have it better than any king did: more food, better healthcare, more serial sex partners, more ridiculous clothing, more entertainment choices, a better ride, super powers of knowledge and communication at their fingertips. Like King Henry they are entitled by birth and don't have to do any work.
And amazingly-or not-all this “health” concern comes from the biggest purveyors of The Culture of Death in so many areas the world has ever seen.
Does this mean that Obama is going to go after Valerie Jarrett’s slums, and fine her for not improving them?
Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy
CHICAGO - The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.
But it’s not safe to live here.
About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing - an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.
As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.
But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies - including several hundred in Obama’s former district - deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.
Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.
Yeah, I trust Obama to improve our housing.
Don’t be so hard on him. He did hang curtains, you know!
Sorry, I don’t know how to post pics, but there’s the link. LOL
We’ve been trying to get the mold out of the US White House ever since 2009.
I want to know how they define “pest free”. Living in the south, backed up against a field... pest free is not an option!
Do they just want us to tear down our older homes, and build up fresh based on the criteria, never mind what a family can and cannot afford in renovations/teardowns?
Hey a federal home inspector can check for tobacco, alcohol, drugs, guns and energy efficient appliances. Yep, nanny statism is wonderful. Thank you fellow FReepers that celebrated the elimination of private property rights with the celebrations of smoking bans in private establishments.
This is a jobs progam for useless lardass Federal workers.... Especially of the affirmative action persuasion since most of these “substandard” housing will be in black areas, barrios and other minority neighborhoods. So naturally the Federales ministering to them will also be minority with a few lesbians, gays and Indians and Aleutian Islanders thrown in for good measure. For these Federale jobs don’t both applying if you are a hetero white guy or a known conservative
The whole idea here is to take from private sector taxpayers (meaning whites and Asians) and fork over the cash to minorities ...after the Federales skim off the top 40% for administering this POS program
The irony is almost comical.
This definition of “health” brought to you by the folks who gave us; “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.”
“I miss Carter.
Heck even LBJ was a better president.”
Huh? You are now living Carter’s third term.