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.
Brings together multiple agency partners engaged in the work.
Organizes efforts to help at-risk children and families.
Ensures community focus remains constant over time.
180Homes in Lead Safe Utica Project
33% of Children Who Aren’t Tested for Lead Poisoning
300Windows Replaced Locally
$1 million, 3-year Commitment
Community Foundation announces $1 million, 3-year commitment to address childhood lead poisoning in Herkimer and Oneida counties.
Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition established to bring partners together and to identify collaborative solutions.
Pilot Program Launch
West Utica Healthy Housing Pilot Program launches through which 10 homes were made lead safe.
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.
$5 million, 10-year Commitment
Community Foundation announces $5 million, 10-year commitment to continue the work of the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition.
$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.
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Coalition partners sign Green & Healthy Homes Initiative compact committing to the integrated delivery of healthy home interventions.
Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition aligns with HomeOwnershipCenter.