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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Nita Lowey (17th District of New York)

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $1 million in federal funding for the White Plains Housing Authority (WPHA) to address lead hazards in apartment buildings on South Lexington Avenue. 

“A safe and healthy home is one of life’s most basic necessities,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “These federal funds will help to improve the quality of life and protect the health of families, especially children, by removing lead hazards from their apartments. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, I made it a priority to increase funding for this vital purpose because the serious health conditions associated with lead exposure are preventable if we invest the necessary resources to identify and remove lead hazards.”

This is one of 38 awards provided by the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program to Public Housing Agencies in 25 states. These grants will support efforts to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in public housing units constructed prior to 1978 with at least one family with a child under age six, and at playgrounds or child care centers that are part of those projects.  The WPHA will use these funds to remove hazardous lead from apartments at Brookfield Commons, previously known as Winbrook, on South Lexington Avenue.  Redevelopment to replace all the original buildings is currently under way.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “I would like to thank Representative Lowey and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their assistance and unwavering support in securing this lead abatement funding for the remaining four buildings at Brookfield Commons. The abatement work is vital to ensuring a healthy living environment for the residents while the revitalization plan for the site continues to move forward.”

Mack Carter, Executive Director of the White Plains Housing Authority, added, “This federal grant will go a long way toward abating the lead and maintaining the safety of our residents until the buildings are able to be demolished and replaced with new buildings.  I want to thank Congresswoman Lowey who has been a champion of public and affordable housing not just for our city but nationwide.”

Congresswoman Lowey has been fighting for years to secure robust funding for lead remediation programs like this. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, she secured $50 million in the House Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending bill, a $25 million increase from FY19, for public housing authorities to mitigate lead-based paint hazards and address carbon monoxide poisoning, mold, and other household hazards.

“This project is a great example of different levels of government working together to improve the lives of local residents,” said Lowey. “Thank you to Mayor Roach and Executive Director Carter for their partnership to help protect White Plains families. I’ll keep fighting for these and other vital funds that make the Hudson Valley a great place to live, work, and raise our families.”

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