Housing Programs for Regulators

Training Overview

Housing conditions can impact the health and safety of occupants and others. The National Safety Council estimates that in 2013, there were 93,200 unintentional injury-related deaths in the home and community venue. The five leading causes of these deaths were poisoning, falls, choking, drowning and fire, flames or smoke. Through a coordinated effort, state and local public health agencies establish a framework for housing programs. These programs strive to protect the health, safety and well-being of housing occupants and the general public. Local boards of health (LBOH) should respond to all housing complaints in their community and work in partnership with owners, occupants and other government and community agencies to assure minimum standards of fitness for human habitation are met.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the eight principles of healthy homes
  • Apply State Sanitary Code Regulation 105 CMR 410.000 (410) in response to housing complaints and investigations
  • Describe four LBOH functions to assure certain types of housing comply with 410
  • Give three examples of LBOH activities that promote the health, safety and well-being of housing occupants and the general public

Subject Matter Experts

  • Kathleen MacVarish
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Boston University School of Public Health

  • Paul Halfmann, MPH, RS
    Assistant Director Community Sanitation Program
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (retired)


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Grant Number, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.