In recognition of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the City of Lancaster is hosting an open house on Oct. 27 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Crispus Attucks Community Center, 407 Howard Ave. The event will spotlight the Lead-Safe Lancaster initiative to combat childhood lead poisoning, which includes the Lead Hazard Control Program, efforts of City health and housing officials, and new policy shifts.
Childhood exposure to lead-based paint hazards can damage the brain and nervous system, slow growth and development, cause learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.
In April 2022, City Council adopted a new ordinance to enhance lead safety protections in rental housing and childcare facilities. This ordinance requires all rental properties and childcare facilities built before 1978 to receive a lead-safe certification every two to four years.
In addition, the City has strengthened its support of children with elevated blood lead level cases by requiring homeowners and landlords to more quickly respond to potential exposure to lead in homes and giving City health officers more tools to address exposure.
These changes will go into effect in January 2023.
“Working to curb childhood lead poisoning is one of the most profound endeavors the City of Lancaster has taken on. Seeing the impact of the $9.7 million HUD grant on our neighborhoods is a great source of pride for the City. New protections for renters and Lancaster’s children are vital next steps to ensure lasting progress in preventing lead poisoning,” said Mayor Danene Sorace.
The Lead Hazard Control Program is another key anchor of the Lead-Safe Lancaster initiative. In 2019, the City of Lancaster received a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to remediate lead hazards from homes south of King St. The City has been putting those dollars to work and the program has helped remediate 94 properties to date.
For more information on the Lead-Safe Lancaster initiative, go to cityoflancasterpa.com/lead-safe.