HUD Launches Lead Safety Enforcement Campaign to Kick Off National Healthy Homes Month

In celebration of National Healthy Homes Month, HUD announced the Protect Our Kids! Campaign, which is “focused on protecting current and future generations of children from exposure to lead-based paint hazards in older homes.” At a housing and health symposium at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Secretary Carson detailed the campaign’s goals of requiring landlords and sellers of older homes to fulfill their responsibilities of disclosing lead-based paint hazards, in addition to working to ensure all federally assisted homes are lead-safe. HUD has also developed a toolkit that provides tips for preventing and testing lead poisoning. Lead-based paint presents a serious health threat, especially to young children, who can experience damage to the brain and other vital organs when lead is absorbed into the body.

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