Local Action Challenge for Lead Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
NLC is challenging cities to take action on indoor environmental hazards and their impact on the health of children and families in 2019 and 2020.
Pledge now to take action in your community and commit to implementing at least one policy or program. Please join your peers and select at least one of these four actions:
- Inform and Engage All Residents—Empower and engage stakeholders on housing quality issues.
- Take Stock of Housing—Review existing housing codes and enforcement policies.
- Come Together on Housing Hazards—Convene stakeholders to create a housing hazards task force.
- Strengthen Healthy Homes Policies and Practices—Create resources and build commitment across stakeholders.
Once you've selected one or more of the above steps to implement in your community, city leaders can join together by submitting the following pledge.
Advancing City-Level Healthy Housing: The Role of Partners
Moving the needle on housing quality requires action from landlords, developers, city departments, local housing agencies, hospitals, and other stakeholders. Too often, each group works alone to take disparate actions without leveraging the other resources available in the community. Improved standards for new construction, for example, are important but do not address existing hazards in older buildings. Similarly, city programs aimed at children with elevated lead blood levels are not fully effective without universal testing and updated data.
2019 National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state, tribal, and local governments to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. NLPPW highlights the many ways parents can reduce children’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our partners work to heighten awareness of lead poisoning, provide resources, and encourage preventive actions during NLPPW and beyond. This year NLPPW takes place October 20-26, 2019.