National ‘Healthy Homes’ Award Goes to Vermont’s Weatherization Program

Vermont’s Weatherization Program won the prestigious HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes for its ‘One Touch’ program, which provides seamless referrals to 20 partner programs that help address the health, housing, and energy needs of all Weatherization clients. Vermont’s is the first Weatherization program in the country to provide this type of integrated service for all clients, with the goal of improving clients’ health and energy outcomes at the same time. SEVCA’s Weatherization Program is part of this statewide effort, which has “touched” over 1,300 Vermont households since 2014. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the four recipients of the award at the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA’s) annual conference in Grand Rapids, MI in July.

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