Some 100 families will soon have an extra layer of security in their new homes thanks to a partnership between D.C. agencies.
The District of Columbia Housing Authority has received more than 100 home fire extinguishers and 30 carbon monoxide and radon detectors from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment. DCHA will begin distribution of the devices to families in its Housing Choice Voucher Program with new leases in October.
“Thanks to DOEE’s Healthy Homes Supplies, families that are moving into new homes will have one less thing to worry about,” said HCVP Director Ronald McCoy. “A healthy environment makes for healthy and enjoyable living.”
As families move off the wait list and into new homes, they receive Housing’s Enjoyable Living Program (HELP) training information as part of their voucher orientation. DCHA created HELP to provide voucher families with hands-on training on a variety of basic housekeeping and maintenance techniques using environmentally friendly cleaning methods as well as tips on how to be a successful tenant. Families that complete HELP training that rent homes with their vouchers will receive these donated Healthy Homes Supplies.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with DOEE and to have these supplies for our voucher families,” McCoy said.