HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) seeks to monitor changing levels of health hazards (such as lead) in the paint, dust, and soil in U.S. homes. A series of studies conducted to date has established a baseline on these and other household contaminants.
HUD is now designing the American Healthy Homes Survey (AHHS) to track changes in lead and other analytes over time. AREA, as a subcontractor to Westat, Inc., is helping to develop a design for the AHHS.
In particular, AREA will provide assistance in recruiting and conducting qualitative testing related to response rates, either through focus groups or one-on-one interviews; in recruiting pilot study participants in the Washington, D.C., and Chicago areas; and by attending one or more pilot visits in the Chicago area.
HomeWise Program – Seattle, Washington
The City of Seattle Office of Housing retained AREA to assess its HomeWise Program, to survey the housing rehabilitation and weatherization programs of other comparable cities, and to make suggestions regarding program structure, implementation, and operational efficiencies.
Part of AREA's examination involved reviewing health and safety protocols, including information campaigns and inspections on lead-based paint and other hazardous materials.
The assessment was intended to have a policy focus, but also incorporated a detailed review of administrative procedures to inform policy recommendations concerning program operation and direction
Over the years, AREA has conducted similar assignments in cities across the country, including Anchorage, Chicago, Des Moines, Evanston, Fort Wayne, Miami, Newport News, New Orleans, and Omaha—to mention only a few.