CPCHE is leading an ambitious initiative to address unhealthy housing conditions affecting tenants living on low income in both urban and rural communities in Ontario. With active involvement of public health, legal aid clinics, community health and other stakeholder organizations as well as tenants and housing providers, we aim to build awareness and capacity across multiple sectors so that low-income tenants, when faced with lead, mould, radon and other indoor health threats, are better able to get the support they need to achieve healthier living conditions for themselves and their families.This 3-year initiative, launched in December 2014, is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and supported by in-kind contributions and involvement of multiple partners.
Following are documents and selected CPCHE publications relevant to RentSafe:
- RentSafe EquIP in Owen Sound, ON – Project Overview
- Toward Healthy Homes for All: RentSafe Summary and Recommendations
- RentSafe Connector, Step-by-step guide
- RentSafe Survey of Small-Scale Landlords: Summary Report
- Frontline Connections: Supporting Tenants’ Rights to Healthy Housing – A RentSafe video
- RentSafe Tenant Advocates Retreat Summary
- RentSafe Update (June 2017)
- RentSafe Roundtable Summary Report
- RentSafe Survey of Small-Scale Landlords: Poster presentation
March 29, 2017
- Stigma in the System
- Defining Adequate
- My Voice is Power
- RentSafe Roundtable presentations
November 23, 2016
- RentSafe whiteboard video “Home”
- RentSafe Roundtable Discussion Paper: What we have learned so far about the experiences of and responses to unhealthy housing conditions
- RentSafe Advisory Committee
- RentSafe Update (April 2016)
- RentSafe Panel Session at The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC)
April 5, 2016
- RentSafe Legal Aid Survey – Summary Report
- RentSafe Public Health Unit Survey: Summary Report
- RentSafe Background Paper on Housing-related Health Risks
- RentSafe Project Overview
- Home Safety for your KIDS’ sake mini-poster
February 12, 2014
- Creating Healthy Environments for Kids
- Healthy Retrofits: The Case for Better Integration of Children’s Environmental Health Protection into Energy Efficiency Programs
The following FAQs address some of the housing-related health risks that are the focus of the RentSafe initiative:
Should I be testing for radon levels in my home?
I want to put new insulation in my attic. I think there might be asbestos in the old insulation that is there. What should I do?
What are the safest products to use when I am repairing or renovating my home?
We found mould during our renovations. What should we do?
I live in a house that I think was built in the 1930s or 1940s. How can I find out if there is lead in the paint?
We conducted a radon test and found that the apartment we are renting has a high radon level. What can we do?
Nous avons effectué un test de radon montrant que l’appartement que nous louons renferme une forte concentration de radon. Que pouvons-nous faire?
If I find that my home has high levels of radon, how much will it cost to fix it?
What toxic chemicals are found in household dust?
In November 2017, RentSafe tenant advocates from three rural communities in Ontario came together to discuss shared concerns about housing conditions and what is needed to ensure healthy homes for all. “Stigma in the System” is one of three videos in which they share their experiences and perspectives.
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