Healthy Homes helps families breathe easier

Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan is working with families to help them breathe easier at home.
Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan is working with families to help them breathe easier at home.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An organization in West Michigan is busy helping kids and families who are suffering from asthma and allergies right now.

The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan has been busy this allergy season.

They work with families who live in older homes and those with lower incomes, to help them keep their home as clean and safe as possible, especially for kids with asthma.

Paul Haan, the executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition said making changes to your family’s environment is especially important during times of high pollen count.

“This summer it’s the pollen, all the trees are hitting at once,” Haan said. “So if we can keep that indoor environment, particularly the bedroom a safe haven that will really help them get a good night’s sleep.”

The group worked with Grand Rapids mother Deanna Wilson, her 6-year-old son Dario suffers from asthma.

Wilson said they evaluated her home for changes, and introduced her to green cleaning, meaning she doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, it’s mostly natural.

They provide her with cleaning supplies, even an air conditioner.

“The house is clean and it’s not smelling like chemicals like that so he definitely sleeps a little easier at night,” Wilson said.

The Healthy Homes Coalition is focusing on the Southeast side of  Grand Rapids right now, going door to door helping those families from now until the end of the year.

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