CHOP, Habitat for Humanity to repair West Philly homes to improve health outcomes

construction contractor on a ladder making building repairs

Media Outlet


Zoë Read

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hopes to improve health outcomes for kids by repairing the homes they live in, thanks to a $1 million investment from Bank of America. CHOP will select more than 100 homes in West and Southwest Philadelphia — where one-third of children live below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

CHOP already helps asthma patients by reducing triggers in the home, like mold and dust, as part of its Community Asthma Prevention Program Plus.

The hospital’s new program, Block Builds, will be open to families who aren’t CHOP or asthma patients. The repairs will be led by Habitat for Humanity and other BIPOC and women contractors identified through The Enterprise Center.