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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Cook County rolls out program to create healthy homes; what Park Forest residents should know

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Park Forest residents in Cook County can participate in an income-based program to create healthy homes for families.

Cook County has allocated $30 million to establish Healthy Homes for Healthy Families, which supports income-eligible suburban Cook County families by providing free safety, energy efficiency, water conservation, and whole-home upgrades. 

Healthy Homes for Healthy Families makes single-family and two- to four-unit residential buildings in suburban Cook County safer, healthier, and more efficient at no cost to owners or renters. This initiative, led by the County's Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES), helps alleviate the financial burden and stress of expensive home repairs while improving the health and safety of homes and reducing energy and water bills.

Upgrades through Healthy Homes for Healthy Families may help Park Forest residents who live in Cook County save on their energy bills and even increase the value of their property.

Since every home is different, Healthy Homes for Healthy Families will work with you to determine what upgrades are needed in your home through a customized assessment. 

Areas of Focus can Include:

  • Removal or Treatment of Health Hazards, such as mold, pests, unsafe electrical or radon
  • Lead remediation work, such as window replacement, repainting, or sealing surfaces of walls, ceilings, or porches
  • Structural repairs
  • Plumbing repairs and water conservation upgrades
  • Weatherization, such as air sealing and insulation
  • Installation of high-efficiency appliances, such as heating and cooling systems, water heaters, stoves, ovens, or dryers

Visit http://healthyhomescc.org to learn more about the program and confirm eligibility.

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