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Salt Lake City — Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has awarded a $100,000 challenge grant to Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Salt Lake (GHHI Salt Lake) to match contributions from several local organizations including Sorenson Legacy Foundation ($65,000), Wells Fargo Bank ($50,000), Steiner Foundation ($40,000), Larry H. Miller & Gail Miller Family Foundation ($25,000), The George S. and Delores Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation ($20,000) and Teleperformance ($18,000). This grant will support health and energy-based housing assessments and repairs to low-income families with asthmatic children in Salt Lake City and County.
“GHHI’s matching grant is critical to our success in securing donations from local foundations,” said Randy Jepperson Salt Lake County housing director and spokesperson for GHHI Salt Lake. “Private sector contributions are critical to filling funding gaps and helping families in need address health issues stemming from their unhealthy homes.”
Formed by a coalition of community organizations and the national Green and Healthy Homes Initiative in November 2013, GHHI Salt Lake has provided assistance to 70 households through home health hazard assessments, renovation and resident education. With local partners including nonprofits, government agencies and medical professionals, GHHI Salt Lake anticipates creating 120 green, healthy and safe homes in 2014.
“We are delighted to partner with GHHI Salt Lake in delivering home repairs to reduce the high rate of asthma hospitalizations,” said Ruth Ann Norton, president and CEO of GHHI. “By reducing asthma triggers in the home, we are decreasing the amount of time children miss from school and parents miss from work.”
GHHI works with its designated sites like Salt Lake across the nation to secure government, private and philanthropic funds. Since 2010, GHHI has awarded sites more than $5.5 million in grant assistance to 12 GHHI sites.