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What is the NYC Lead Outreach Campaign?
The NYC Lead Outreach Campaign ("The Campaign") is a two-year citywide project designed to:
  • Increase public knowledge about childhood lead poisoning
  • Inform residents about ways to prevent exposure to lead
  • Help correct housing and health problem linked to lead

Why Should I be Concerned about Lead?
Lead is a toxic substance that is harmful to the body. It's mostly found in chipped or crushed paint of old apartments built before 1978. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than age six.

Health effects linked to lead exposure include:

  • Delayed development of the brain
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavioral problems
Long-term exposure to lead can possibly result in permanent damage to the body or even death.

What are the Goals of the Campaign?
The key goals of the Campaign include:
  • To raise awareness of the health effects of childhood lead poisoning
  • To provide tenants and owners with information on how to prevent and address lead hazards, including legal rights and responsibilities
  • To provide homeowners, landlords, and tenants with information about resources available to them

Who is the Campaign Reaching Out to?
People like you!!!
The Campaign reaches out to
  • Renters
  • Homeowners
  • Immigrants
  • Representatives of community organizations
  • and many other New Yorkers
High-risk communities that the Campaign is targetting include:
  1. The Bronx
    • Crotona-Tremont
    • Highbridge-Morrisania
  2. Brooklyn
    • East Flatbush-Flatbush
    • Bedford Stuyvesant-Crown Heights
    • East New York
  3. Manhattan
    • Washington Heights-Inwood
    • East Harlem
    • Central Harlem-Morningside Heights

How is the Campaign Reaching Out to NYC Residents?
The Campaign is spreading its message of lead poisoning awareness through
  • Workshops
  • Radio
  • Community newspapers
  • Website

NYC Department. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

212 BAN LEAD (212-226-5323)

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Citizens Advice Bureau

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Caribbean Women Health Association

Association of Senegalese in America
(Association des Senegalais d'Amerique)

Little Sisters of the Assumption

Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

Agencies listed are Steering Committee members of NYC Lead Outreach Campaign

For more information about the NYC Lead Outreach Campaign or
to become a Steering Committee member,

WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Inc.
271 West 125th Street, Suite 308
New York, New York 10027

Phone: (212) 961-1000, ext. 322
Fax: (212) 961-1015

Funding for the NYC Lead Outreach Campaign was made possible by
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Grant # NYLOR0025-06

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