Fort Collins Celebrates DIY Air Quality Assessment Tool, Winner of Secretary's Healthy Homes Award

12 individuals proudly display award
12 individuals proudly display award

Fort Collins Healthy Homes Program in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of four winners of the 2018 Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes, celebrated the award with a gathering of Mayor Wade Troxell, HUD Rocky Mountain Deputy Regional Administrator Eric Cobb, the Fort Collins Healthy Homes Program staff, stakeholders, and residents. The city celebrated team members for all their hard work in training community educators and assisting families with indoor air quality assessments that help detect and remediate issues that cause poor indoor air quality.

To reach more residents, the program created an online DIY (Do It Yourself) Home Assessment Tool, patterned after the Healthy Homes in-home assessment and focuses on the "Eight Principles of a Healthy Home."

This interactive and customizable tool walks residents through each area of their home, asking specific questions as it relates to indoor air quality problems and provides low and no-cost solutions. These include ventilation, mold, pests, chemical contaminants, cleanliness, and home maintenance and safety.

The City of Fort Collins Healthy Homes program was established in 2011 as an innovative solution to address residential indoor air quality. The program is unique in that it is driven by community members who volunteer their time as Master Home Educators. Since 2011, over 800 in-home assessments have been conducted and 2,475 residents, 19% of whom have asthma, have been reached.

  • Read the press release.
  • For more information and to try out the online tool at home, click below or go to

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Content Archived: December 6, 2019