When homes fall into disrepair the conditions are dangerous to human heath, and children are the most vulnerable. This is why housing code violations fall under health and safety rules. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by these conditions due to the challenge of securing safe, affordable housing in an unjust socioeconomic environment. Examples of serious health threats from deferred building maintanence include: poisoning from lead, carbonmonoxide (CO), radon gas, and chemical pesticides; cancer from asbestos; and asthma triggers such as mold spores and pest infestations. Pests can also spread infectious disease, and even cause permanent physical impairment.
Healthy Homes Collaborative, P.O. Box 31796, Los Angeles, CA 90031 P: (323)221-8320 F: (323)226-9587 http://www.lahhc.org