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Mold & Moisture in the Home

A guide to prevention strategies for local & state government

Fact Sheet
Healthy Neighborhoods

Exposure to mold has been associated with the development of asthma, allergies, respiratory infections, and difficulty in breathing. Low-income tenants often endure substandard housing with mold and other threats to respiratory health; their children also have the highest rates of asthma.

The excessive presence of mold in housing has become a public policy issue with social justice implications. Local and state governments can play an important role in addressing the underlying causes of mold growth while promoting healthy housing conditions. Policies and programs that prevent and mitigate dampness and mold reduce the public health risks and associated economic impacts.

Mold & Moisture in the Home: Strategies for Local & State Government summarizes a variety of strategies and policy options that local and state governments have employed to address moisture and mold in housing, and to protect residents from mold-related health problems. Be sure to check out all of our healthy housing resources!