Westchester gets $4 million federal grant to address lead hazards

Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler says there is no safe level for lead in children

OSSINING – Westchester County has been granted $4.1 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to help remediate the problem of lead paint in old residences.

This is the first grant the county has received for this since 2010 and will be used to conduct healthy home assessments and help low-income homeowners remediate lead-based paint in their homes.

County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said eliminating lead paint is particularly important to the health of children.

“Our hope is that this grant will help homeowners and tenants partner with us to protect children from the dangers of lead paint joining parents and caregivers in their efforts to remove the source of lead by replacing old windows and eliminating lead painted surfaces,” she said.

Dr. Amler noted there is no safe level of lead in children.

The source of that contamination comes from lead dust from old painted windows that children may get on their lands and then place them in their mouths, or they may breathe in lead dust.

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