Washington, D.C. — Following news this week that the City of Syracuse will receive $3,500,000 in a Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant and $600,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the below statement:
“Since coming to Congress, I’ve prioritized addressing the lead paint public health crisis faced by families and children in the most distressed neighborhoods of our City. I’ve consistently supported grant applications by the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to combat lead poisoning, which poses an irreversible threat to young children.
“Under the leadership of County Executive Ryan McMahon, and former County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County has helped fill the void since the City’s lead abatement program was disqualified in 2014. With this funding award, the City of Syracuse will be able to build upon these efforts to fully reinstate its program and continue addressing and removing lead-based paint hazards.
“In Congress, I have fought to fully fund programming to assist in lead abatement and prevention. I will continue to work with the City and Onondaga County to ensure this program remains funded and we’re able to continue our work to raise the quality of life for children and families in our community.”
- With the support of Rep. Katko, the City of Syracuse applied for and will be awarded $3,500,000 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding and $600,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding.
- With this funding, the City of Syracuse will work to address lead hazards in 230 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments. The City of Syracuse will work together with the Onondaga County Community Development, the Onondaga County Health Department and other medical and social service providers locally to implement this programming.
- Through the appropriations process in Washington, Rep. Katko successfully fought for an $85 million increase in funding for HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, which administers the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program. Additionally, he delivered an $18 million increase in funding for the CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program to ensure lead poisoning surveillance is conducted in every state.