Lead Safe Housing for Kids

Bi partisan group of Senators seek to make HUD Housing Lead Safe


Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017
On September 20, 2017 a bi-partisan group of Senators joined to introduce the Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2017 (LSHKA). 

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said in a press release that LSHKA would "require the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to adopt prevention measures and update its lead regulations to protect children from the risk of lead exposure."

The sponsors noted that since the 1990’s, lead poisoning rates have fallen dramatically, but lead risks continue to fall disproportionally on minority children who live in federally subsidized housing.

“We know that there is no safe level of lead for children,” said Durbin, who introduced similar legislation last year after reading a Chicago Tribune article about a family in low-income housing with elevated blood lead levels in all nine children.  

“While HUD has made much needed improvements to their regulations in the last year, children are still being exposed to and poisoned by lead before any intervention is triggered." 

"We must also invest in prevention measures, which have unparalleled cost savings for society.  Most importantly, lead poisoning prevention preserves a child’s ability to reach his or her full potential.  American children are depending on this legislation – it can’t wait any longer.”


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 News about LSHK Act

September 25,2017 National Low Income Housing Coalition Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning

January 17, 2017 Nonprofit Quarterly, Testing for Lead Hazards in Federally Funded Programs

March 4, 2016 New York Times Blame HUD for America’s Lead Epidemic



 Notes & Links

copies of the bill and "dear colleague" letter are attached below

Fact sheet on cost savings of prevention attached below




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Spencer Wells,
Oct 13, 2017, 10:21 AM
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Spencer Wells,
Oct 13, 2017, 10:22 AM
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