$2 million in federal funding allocated to fight lead hazards in Niagara County homes

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$2 million from the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program will go toward Niagara County.

Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

The money, which was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will address lead hazards in 100 housing units in the county.

Schumer says this will help low-income families with children.

“Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future,” Sen. Schumer said. “We must do everything we can to eliminate lead from our homes and this major federal grant will do just that by injecting much-needed funds into lead remediation and prevention here in Niagara County.”

Lead poisoning can have an effect on children’s nerves and brains.

“No New Yorker should have to live in a home where they could be poisoned by lead. This federal funding will support Niagara County’s work to remove lead from the homes of some of our most vulnerable families,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “Lead causes severe health problems and it needs to be removed from our homes. I will always fight in the Senate to make sure that our communities have the resources they need to keep our families healthy and safe.”

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