Asthma Policy for Housing

Guide to Asthma Policy for Housing and Schools

The home environment can play a major role in the health of a family member living with asthma. Many potential asthma triggers can be found in the home but with the proper measures can be easily controlled, creating healthier living conditions for the entire family. Adopting and implementing housing policy to support a healthy home environment is the first step in protecting all people living with lung disease.

The following policy recommendations were selected based on an assessment of policies that make the greatest impact on asthma management in homes:

expandHousing Code Ordinances

Housing code ordinances are the minimum standards for safety and sanitation set by the local, state, or federal government and should protect people with asthma against indoor air problems. Click here for more information.

expandHousing Code Enforcement

Housing code enforcement should be strengthened to reduce prevalence of indoor air quality problems. Click here for more information.

expandMulti-Unit Housing

Multi-unit housing should be smokefree. Click here for more information.

expandNew and Remodeled Housing

New and remodeled housing should be built to promote healthy indoor air quality. Click here for more information.