In 2018, the Community Foundation committed to invest $2 million to help put an end to childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse. Here is a look at the impact our investments have made so far.
Strategy 1: Housing Construction, Renovations & Repairs Amount Invested to Date: $1,193,750 The likelihood of lead paint exposure increases in rental properties and two family homes that haven’t been updated and/or routinely maintained, putting families living in these homes at risk. We are collaborating with organizations to provide home renovations and/or new construction in the census tracts that have the highest level of lead poisoning. Outcomes to Date:
1,415 Windows Replaced
148 Doors Replaced
195 Safe and Affordable Rental Units Constructed or Renovated
Strategy 2: Education & Awareness Amount Invested to Date: $167,473 Lead poisoning can go undetected and symptoms of elevated blood lead levels can mimic other less serious concerns, resulting in continued exposure and increase of health related issues. This is why we are partnering with organizations to get the word out about how to protect CNY residents from the dangers of lead paint exposure. Outcomes to Date:
Thousands of Residents Informed on Lead Poisoning
Strategy 3: Workforce Development & Landlord education Amount Invested to Date: $213,050 It is imperative that the workforce and property owners are educated and knowledgeable in all aspects of the presence and appropriate removal of lead paint. In order to deliver the necessary tools to the CNY workforce, we are giving resources to organizations that provide training and materials to these professionals. Outcomes to Date:
277 Individuals Trained on Proper Lead Paint Removal
Strategy 4: Public Policy & Legislation Amount Invested to Date: $80,000 We are advocating for effective lead violation and housing code enforcement; conducting research that supports meaningful legislation. Outcomes to Date:
Member of statewide aligned fund to create Lead Free NY Campaign
Developed policy paper
Advocated for the passage of a new lead ordinance, which would make the presence of lead a housing code violation
Strategy 5: Health, Safety and Other Amount Invested to date: $115,000 We are assisting local agencies in helping residents get tested and in safe homes.
$500,000 Loan Loss Reserve (Enacted Dec 2019) Will help Home HeadQuarters provide first mortgages to buyers of new, lead-free homes in the City of Syracuse.