National Healthy Homes Conference Addresses Unsafe Housing

National Healthy Homes Conference Addresses Unsafe Housing

More than 1,000 Join HUD, Rebuilding Together, HGTV and DIY Network in Nashville May 28-31 to raise awareness and positive impact of safe and healthy housing

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NASHVILLE – May 28, 2014

WHAT:  More than 1,000 attendees are expected at this year’s National Healthy Homes Conference co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Rebuilding Together, HGTV and DIY Network, National Center for Healthy Housing, Healthy Housing Solutions, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and NeighborWorks America to raise awareness and demonstrate the positive impact of safe and healthy housing.

The Conference, titled Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities, will bring together housing and health professionals from the public and private sectors to share new research and emerging trends, as well as to inform housing policy to help prevent and remediate unsafe housing conditions for families.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30, 2014

WHERE:  Music City Center (201 5th Ave South), Plenary Sessions in Davidson Ballroom


  • May 28th, Wednesday Plenary Session: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
    • Charley Shimanski, president and CEO, Rebuilding Together
  • May 29th, Thursday Plenary Session:  8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • TheHonorable Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville
    • Dr. Sharunda Buchanan, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Anne Heard, Environmental Protection Agency
  • May 30th, Friday Plenary Session: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Jack Thomasson, residential house planner and host, HGTV Smart Home

Other presenters of note:

Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of HGTV’s Going Yard, and Tiffany Brooks, self-taught designer and Season 8 winner of HGTV Star, also will lead discussions on sustainable gardens and the recycling as an element of green design.


About HUD:
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDGov, on facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.

About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit

About HGTV:
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website,, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month.  The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About DIY Network:
DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network's programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in more than 56 million homes, DIY Network's programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping.



Janice Walker
+1 (781) 290-6528
Rebuilding Together
Shantae Goodloe
+1 (202) 708-0685
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development