$1 million in federal funds will combat lead hazards in Rochester homes
by: Victoria E. Freile
Rochester will receive $1 million in federal funding to remove lead hazards from homes of low-income families in the city.
New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday announced the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration funding for the City of Rochester. The grant is allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will address lead hazards in housing units, to provide safer homes for low-income families with children, according to a news release from Schumer (D-NY.)
“Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future,” Schumer said in a news release. “We must do everything we can to eliminate lead from our homes and this major federal grant will do just that, by injecting much-needed funds into lead remediation and prevention.”
The funds will help support Monroe County’s efforts in identifying households with significant lead hazards and help expand their ability to remove lead-based paint and other health hazards, said Gillibrand (D-NY.)
Lead poisoning can cause severe health problems, including developmental disabilities and neurological damage. According to the National Institutes for Health, lead is more harmful to children than adults because it can affect children’s developing nerves and brains. Lead-based paint is still on the walls of many homes often erodes and settles into children’s toys, eventually falling into the mouths and hands of children.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the $1 million grant “will fortify our efforts to provide safer and more vibrant neighborhoods.”
The LHRD program identifies and controls lead-based paint hazards in privately owned housing for rental or owner-occupants. The grants are to assist municipalities in mitigating lead hazards.
In 2016, Schumer and Gillibrand announced $46.5 million in HUD funds for 15 projects across New York to mitigate health hazards in more than 3,100 low-income homes.