CHOP, PHDC launch home repairs program to reduce asthma triggers for children

Justin Udo
December 17, 2018 - 3:19 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Danielle Davis-Lee's 6-year-old son, Jonah, is one of more than 12,000 kids in West Philadelphia who is battling asthma.

"Every season, we would end up at CHOP for asthma attacks and for hospitalization," she said.

Over the last three years, she has worked with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to educate herself about Jonah's asthma triggers and to find ways to help prevent them.

"As a parent of six children, I do everything I can to make sure that my house, my children, their welfare, is great," she added.

Now Davis-Lee, Jonah and nine other families are getting help in their fight against asthma.

CHOP is teaming up with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation to provide home repairs crucial to reducing asthma triggers.

"We're going to be able to make a real change, not only for the children, but also for everyone who lives in that household," said Tyra Bryant-Stephens, medical director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program at CHOP. The program educates families on how to properly care for a child with asthma.

She said the home repairs will focus on everything from fixing leaks and removing rodents to getting rid of mold and patching holes.

Davis-Lee noted these repairs will not cost families a dime, which will go a long way.

"I thank God because I was not expecting this at all," she said, adding that Jonah will be taken aback when he sees his new bedroom and bathroom.

Renovations will cost between $10,000 and $20,000 per home, and officials hope to broaden the program after they complete the first batch of homes.