Located in the Bronx, New York, this program focused on residents in multifamily buildings in the Northwest and Central Bronx, including the neighborhoods of Williamsbridge, Fordham, Bedford Park, Belmont, East Tremont, and Morrisania. For these communities, unsafe housing, unemployment and low wages and a lack of education are barriers to the overall health and well-being of the residents.
The Bronx Healthy Buildings Program aimed to reduce asthma-related hospital visits and address the social determinants of health through education, organizing, work force development, and building upgrades. Using several data sources, the Program pinpointed distressed buildings that are drivers for high rate emergency room visits. Energy audits, building inspections, and tenant organizing helped to identify needed repairs and opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.