The Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) is a nationwide proven health prevention initiative with the aim to increase the number of children living in warm, dry, and healthy homes.
Our goal is for all whānau to live in a warm, dry, and healthy home. Our existing efforts have led to a decrease in hospitalisations, an increase in school attendance, and an increase in employment in adults.
Initially, we targeted low-income families with children at risk of rheumatic fever who were living in crowded households. The programme expanded in 2016 to focus more broadly on warm, dry, and healthy housing for low-income families with 0-5 year-old children and pregnant people.
Our approach is first and foremost whānau centric, we work together to empower communities to better understand how they can look after themselves and their future generations. Each region centres their mahi around the needs of their community harnessing a by community, for community approach. This on-the-ground strength, alongside national support, and resources, creates a consistent movement towards better housing conditions and healthier tamariki and whānau across Aotearoa.
Our journey is to work alongside whānau in the community to help them manage their home better, so it is drier, warmer, safer, and healthier for their tamariki. This includes, but is not limited to providing education and advice, looking at insulation, cladding, heating requirements, healthy home workshops, and advancing public policy regarding healthy housing. An aspiration of HHI is that these learnings will build capacity within the community to achieve sustainable change.