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New initiative aims to make public housing healthier by getting rid of pests

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 11:46:43-04

Rats, and mice, and roaches OH MY! Nobody wants pesky pets in their home, so Baltimore officials have a plan to keep your house pest free. 

Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City announced on Wednesday a new initiative to make public housing healthier, especially for children. 

The new initiative is called HEAL, or Healthy Elimination of All pests Long-term). The project aims to get rid of rats, mice, roaches, and other pests that are associated with issues like asthma. 

HEAL will be implemented in 16 public housing developments, starting with Douglass Homes on Wednesday. 

"It's my administration's goal to create a healthier city for all residents," said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. "The interagency collaboration between HABC and other city agencies to eliminate pests, which aggravate health conditions such as asthma, from public housing is a step in the right direction." 

Department of Public Works Director, Rudy Chow, says his employees conduct around 700 inspections for rats and other pests in neighborhoods all over the city. He also talked more about the program,

"Now, as part of a comprehensive strategy, we'll extend our Rat Rubout program into Baltimore's public housing complexes. Combined with other public agencies, and a private pest contractor hired to do interior pest control, I know we'll make these housing complexes safer, healthier, better places to live."

Other partners of the program include HABC Resident Advisory Board, DPW's Rat Rubout Program, Housing Code Enforcement, the Health Department's Community Asthma Program, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Home Paramount, HABC's pest contractor.