FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ONONDAGA COUNTY SET TO RECEIVE $5.3 MILLION FOR LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION
$3 Million for City of Syracuse; $2.3 Million for Onondaga Co. to Perform Lead Hazard Reduction Activities, Evaluate Homes and Provide Community Outreach and Training
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Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program (OHHLHC) awarded the City of Syracuse a $3 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grant, and a $2,300,000 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LHC) grant to the County of Onondaga. The OHHLHC Program aims to assist states and local governments in creating wide-ranging programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned housing. Funds will be used to evaluate homes for lead paint and lead hazards in order to assess and mitigate health and safety hazards in those homes, and provide training and outreach.
“Lead poisoning is a preventable tragedy that robs our children of their future,” said Schumer. “We must do everything we can to eliminate lead from our homes and this grant will do just that by injecting much-needed funds into this remediation and prevention program.”
The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) oversees seven grant programs under the Program Management and Assurance Division. The OHHLHC provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.
The City of Syracuse will partner with the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, Home HeadQuarters, Empire Housing and Development Corporation, and the Onondaga County Health Department and use the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant funds to address lead hazards in 250 units, providing lead-safe homes for low-income families and children throughout the region. The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program is targeted for urban jurisdictions with the greatest lead-based paint hazard control needs.
The County of Onondaga will be awarded $ 2,300,000 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $ 180,000 in healthy homes supplemental funding for the identification and reduction of lead and healthy homes hazards in 200 housing units providing safer homes for families. Onondaga County Community Development Division will partner with Onondaga County Health Department Lead Poisoning Control Program for education, outreach, relocation, and blood testing services.