RAMP Releases Revised Housing Resource Guides

RAMP’s Asthma Awareness Month activities saw us bring attention to a range of policies impacting asthma, support the World Asthma Day activities of our CAFA members, and encourage our partners to take a stand for federal asthma funding. We’re proud to conclude Asthma Awareness Month with the release of our updated housing resource guides.  Originally released in 2010, these updated, easy-to-use guides outline governmental and community-based resources available to address substandard conditions in rental housing.  Substandard housing exposes residents to environmental asthma triggers such as mold, cockroaches, rodents, and dust.  These triggers can lead to asthma symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, and respiratory distress.  These guides are designed primarily to assist Community Health Outreach Workers as they help their clients in six Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.  They are not intended to be comprehensive; instead, they highlight the types of services available to deal with violations of housing and health codes.  The guides include general information on community resources, contacts for local code enforcement, tenant’s rights and legal aid organizations, affordable housing options, and programs for rehabilitation and remediation for owners who cannot afford improvements.  We hope you continue to find these guides helpful in your efforts to reduce the burden of asthma in Bay Area communities.