LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Niagara County will receive $2 million from the federal government to remove lead hazards in homes.
The announcement was made by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand Wednesday.
The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address lead hazards in 100 housing units in the county.
“Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future,” said Senator Schumer in a released statement. “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.”
“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,” said Senator Gillibrand in a statement. “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.”
Niagara County will partner with medical and social service providers to ensure safer homes for people living in housing units.