Leading the Way

Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy Begins at Home

Our older communities and rural areas have harbored a silent menace for decades: lead in old painted houses and apartment buildings, inside and out. Lead poisoning can have lifelong effects, so we committed more than $6 million to launch and sustain the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley coalition. Our coalition partners, led by the HomeOwnershipCenter, are making progress. And from an initial focus on lead, the effort now embraces healthier housing for all.

Highlights

  • Coalition Model

    Brings together multiple agency partners engaged in the work.

  • Short-term Results

    Organizes efforts to help at-risk children and families.

  • Long-term Commitment

    Ensures community focus remains constant over time.

  • $6M
    Initiative Investment
  • 180
    Homes in Lead Safe Utica Project
  • 45
    Coalition Partners
  • 33
    % of Children Who Aren’t Tested for Lead Poisoning
  • 300
    Windows Replaced Locally
January 2016

$1 million, 3-year Commitment

Community Foundation announces $1 million, 3-year commitment to address childhood lead poisoning in Herkimer and Oneida counties.

April 2016

Coalition Established

Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition established to bring partners together and to identify collaborative solutions.

September 2016

Pilot Program Launch

West Utica Healthy Housing Pilot Program launches through which 10 homes were made lead safe.

January 2017

Lead Care II Grant

Grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield allows for the purchase of 8 new Lead Care II testing machines that help identify elevated blood lead levels in children.

April 2018

$5 million, 10-year Commitment

Community Foundation announces $5 million, 10-year commitment to continue the work of the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition.

December 2018

$3.5 million HUD Grant

City of Utica is awarded a $3.5 million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant from HUD to make 180 homes lead-safe.

June 2019

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Coalition partners sign Green & Healthy Homes Initiative compact committing to the integrated delivery of healthy home interventions.

July 2020

HomeOwnershipCenter

Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition aligns with HomeOwnershipCenter.

(8 Total)
January 2016
$1 million, 3-year Commitment
$1 million, 3-year Commitment
April 2016
Coalition Established
Coalition Established
September 2016
Pilot Program Launch
Pilot Program Launch
January 2017
Lead Care II Grant
Lead Care II Grant
April 2018
$5 million, 10-year Commitment
$5 million, 10-year Commitment
December 2018
$3.5 million HUD Grant
$3.5 million HUD Grant
June 2019
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
July 2020
HomeOwnershipCenter
HomeOwnershipCenter
Lead-Free Mohawk Valley
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