For the past month, we’ve been hard at work planning our 2013 offerings.
I’m thrilled to announce that HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have funded the Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University to run the StopPests in Housing Program for another four years!
Our goal remains to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to address housing conditions that threaten human health and strengthen affordable housing communities. Over the past five years, we’ve built a great network of passionate professionals from health, housing, and pest management who come together to StopPests—many of who subscribe to this blog! We are grateful for your involvement and advice. In addition to making local connections around the country, you help us provide the best resources to affordable housing communities.
In the spirit of partnership, we’re also excited to be funding two important studies on topics you told us were important.
- We’re funding Virginia Tech to evaluate the efficacy of a bed bug prevention program in a 120-unit HUD facility in Virginia. If you want to know more about the initial program that was implemented, view our webinar with the Virginia Tech’s Molly Stedfast.
- To continue to develop strategies around the issue of hoarding, we’re funding the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) to work with the Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center at Boston University School of Public Health, the Hoarding Research Project in the Boston University School of Social Work, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Social Work to study how resident hoarding affects IPM/pest control in affordable housing in the BHA. Based on their findings, we’ll run an informative webinar and possibly revise “How to do IPM in the home of someone with hoarding.”
Need resources or advice?
www.StopPests.org. There you’ll find free resources like a resident training video, the powerpoints for our IPM in Multifamily Housing Training, funding and training opportunities, sample language for IPM policy and plans, pest-specific pages, and our popular IPM: A Guide for Affordable Housing (at least 3,618 people have visited the site and we’ve mailed out nearly 800 print copies). In the next year, we’ll record and post more webinars and videos on technical topics for the affordable housing audience.
We’ve presented at over 30 conferences and love the opportunity to make new connections and spread the word on why and how you can StopPests in Housing.
Want to implement IPM at an affordable housing site?
is where StopPests is changing from the past five years.
First, we’re now able to work at any HUD-subsidized property, not just conventional public housing. Second, we’re looking at our on-site training as a step in the process of IPM implementation rather than a one-day show that kicks off an IPM pilot.
Participating housing providers who commit to work with us pick a pilot property; complete an initial program questionnaire; work with an StopPests IPM expert to set program goals; and accomplish the goals at the pilot site with coaching and resources from StopPests. We will still hold IPM in Multifamily Housing Trainings, but only after the housing provider demonstrates the capacity to implement the training recommendations—but we’re here to help through the whole process!
For those who want a one-day training without the ongoing consultation, we recommend the National Center for Healthy Housing whose national training partners offer the IPM in Multifamily Housing Training too.
I welcome any interested housing provider or partner to get in touch by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org—we’ll find the information and support to suit your need.
We’re open for feedback!
You can help us cater our resources to the pest management needs of affordable housing by asking questions, offering suggestions, or telling us your thoughts via e-mail, facebook, and twitter. Even clicking around stoppests.org gives us useful data.
Bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, and spiders!
Find the information and resources to stop these pests.
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Check out StopPests.org!
HUD funds a program at Cornell University called the StopPests in Housing Program. The StopPests experts focus on getting the best information on pest control to affordable housing communities. Pests like cockroaches and mice are health hazards. We all need to do our parts to get rid of these pests.
and connect with pest experts:
Stoppests.org, facebook.com/StopPests, or @StopPests