Outreach Programs Target Asthma Hot Spots
Hartford Courant C-HIT
November 14, 2018
One of the reasons for Connecticut’s high rate of asthma is that much of the urban housing stock is more than a century old, and many urban people live in rentals (72 percent in New Haven). Old buildings tend to harbor asthma triggers, such as mold and dust mites; and landlords often are reluctant to replace carpets where dust mites hang out, or to repair faulty exhaust fans.
It’s not feasible to replace all of the substandard housing, but with advice from the Putting On Airs teams and support from city health departments and doctors, people can pressure their landlords to improve conditions.
Alice Rosenthal, staff attorney for the Center for Children’s Advocacy, recounts … read story