Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Community Environmental Health Resource Center

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Community Environmental Health Resource Center

Article excerpt

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." Among other goals, environmental justice activists work to better the living conditions of low-income communities, which often bear a disproportionate burden of environmental health hazards and the resulting health problems. One group working to improve housing for low-income communities around the nation is the Community Environmental Health Resource Center (CEHRC, pronounced "search"), based in Washington, DC. The CEHRC website at http://www.cehrc.org/ gives communities the tools to document housing deficiencies as well as to pursue corrective and preventive action. A number of the pages on the site are available in Spanish.

One section of the website is devoted to exposing health hazards in housing. This section provides discussion papers and other documents that describe why it is important for community members to become involved in identifying the hazards in their homes. There is also guidance to help advocates work effectively and responsibly with community residents. This guidance offers insights into how to avoid adverse outcomes (such as faulty repairs that exacerbate hazards), protect residents' rights and privacy, and other ethical considerations. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.