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Public Social welfare Organisation of Mechelen (Social Huis Mechelin) and the Municipality of Mechelen
Please specify in which regions/provinces: BELGIQUE-BELGIË›VLAAMS GEWEST›Prov. Antwerpen›Arr. Mechelen
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The Public social welfare organisation of Mechelen in cooperation with the Local Health Platform of Mechelen (LOGO vzw) build up a demonstration house “Healthy@Home” to showcase “(un)healthy living”.
The demonstration house was designed with low-threshold practical information about healthy and energy efficient living. Information also focuses on fall prevention for older people confronted with body-instability or balance problems because of health problems. Service users are led through the house room by room in an interactive way, accompanied by the ‘healthy@home-guide’. Different rooms address different problems : humidity and fungus, cigarette smoke, vermin and pests, air freshening, garbage storage, etc. Participants are also asked to bring in their own suggestions and solutions about unhealthy conditions. Together with the ‘healthy@home-guide’ they a list of easy, affordable and instantly applicable guidelines was completed.
The project mainly focused on underprivileged groups, but a lot of professionals in the social housing sector and social welfare sector also visited the demonstration house.
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Type of initiative: Public
Environment or setting of the initiative: Urban
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A vaste number of low-rent houses/flats available on the housing market in Flanders – and especially in Mechelen – have poor housing and home conditions caused by damp and mould, low energy efficiency and inadequate heating, inadequate water supplies and sanitation. Behaviours can be responsible for carbon monoxide or cleaning product poisoning because as the result of bad ventilation and contribute to fuel poverty or mice infestation in case of improper food storage. Research suggests that 1 out of 5 dwellings in Flanders have problems with humidity and fungus. Poor housing conditions have a detrimental impact on physical health (respiratory problems such as asthma, skin problems, allergies, headaches, gastro-intestinal pain, etc.) as well as mental health (state of tireness, dizziness, amnesia, mood swings, etc.). This problem mostly affects people from lower income, people with migrant background, single-parent, older people, Due to money restriction, they are most likely to accept to live in such places to save on the montly rent.