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Michigan: Healthy Homes-Healthy Business Project (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary below provides a description of a Detroit, Michigan project that received a cooperative agreement from EPA’s former Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) project in 2010. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed.

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


Healthy Homes-Healthy Business Project
Detroit, Michigan 
EPA Region 5

The Healthy Homes-Healthy Business project is a recipient of a Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement. The lead organization for this project will be Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV). SDEV is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to improve the environment and strengthen the economy of Southwest Detroit. Southwest Detroit had a successfully completed CARE Level I project, and will be building this CARE Level II project on the results and findings of their Level I project. The communities of focus for this CARE level II project are the adjacent neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit and South Dearborn. The Healthy Homes-Healthy Businesses project will reduce risks from four environmental problems that were chosen as top priorities by the stakeholders participating in the CARE Level I project: 1) mobile source air pollutants; 2) stationary source air pollutants; 3) incompatible land uses, and; 4) lead poisoning. The Healthy Business program will target businesses to make improvements that will reduce health and environmental risks, incorporate sustainable operating practices to reduce other air emissions and address code operations, provide risk reduction tools to households at the highest risk for lead poisoning, and provide tools to households with asthma and other breathing problems. Through these comprehensive efforts, SDEV will achieve measurable reductions in risks from priority concerns of air quality, land use, and lead poisoning.         

Established CARE Partners: Cummins Bridgeway, Ford Motor Company/Rouge Plant Environmental Staff, Marathon Petroleum Company, Severstal North America, City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel’s Office, Michigan Dept. Community Health, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Environmental Affairs, State Representative Rashida Tlaib’s Office, Wayne County Department of Environment, ACCESS, American Lung Association, Bridging Communities, CHASS, CLEARCrops, Community Action Against Asthma, Detroit Vacant Property Campaign, Friends of the Detroit River, Greening of Detroit, Michigan Environmental Council, New Day Center, People’s Community services, SEMCOG, SEMCOSH, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Southwest Detroit Business Association, Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition, and Southwest Detroit Development Collaborative.