Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Make the Road New York

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

July 2008

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

December 2006 – July 2008


In low-income neighborhoods such as Bushwick, poor housing conditions and poor maintenance practices in rental apartments lead to rodent and insect infestations and the use of pesticides, which can trigger asthma flare-ups.

The Healthy Homes Initiative taught families with asthma how to reduce their exposure to indoor triggers such as dust, mold, mildew, rodent infestation, bedbugs, cockroaches, and pesticides.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Some 28 volunteer asthma block captains spoke with more than 3,000 people, screening them for asthma and distributing information on reducing asthma triggers.
  • Through an intensive home visit program, health promoters followed up with 176 of these households regarding asthma symptoms and strategies to reduce asthma triggers by distributing 157 allergen-proof dust-mite covers for mattresses and pillows.
  • Staff conducted seven bilingual interactive asthma and mold workshops, reaching approximately 210 Bushwick residents.
  • Based on data collected between February 2007 and June 2008 from 176 asthmatics enrolled in the Healthy Homes home visit program, 68% of participants reported that they had less frequent asthma symptoms.