Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Announces $3 Million Lead Paint Abatement Grant for San Francisco
Consumer Action to Receive an Additional $60,000 for Awareness Programs

February 4, 1999

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced the City and County of San Francisco will receive a $3 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for the removal of lead-based paint in targeted neighborhoods. "Children are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of lead poisoning. We must do all that we can to remove this environmental hazard from all homes in our community," Pelosi said.

The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program is designed to support local efforts to remove lead-based paint hazards from housing, encourage the development of an effective action plan to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and develop ways to maintain lead education activities beyond the life of the grant. This grant will target 500 privately owned low-income homes built prior to 1978 in the Mission District, Tenderloin (north of Market), Oceanview-Merced Heights-Ingleside, Bayview-Hunter's Point and Visitacion Valley. About 75 percent of houses and apartments built before 1978 in the United States contain lead paint.

In addition, Consumer Action will receive $60,000 under the Local Lead Hazard Awareness Campaign Grant Program. The program will support efforts to increase awareness of lead poisoning in communities of color. "I commend Consumer Action for its leadership in bringing public attention to the hazards of lead-based paint. Mayor Willie Brown must also be commended for his leadership in ridding the city of lead-paint and other environmental causes of lead poisoning," Pelosi said.

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and is caused by too much lead in the body. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than six. Lead poisoning affects three to four million young children, about one in six under the age of six.

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