2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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IN SUPPORT OF HUD’s OFFICE OF HEALTHY HOMES BUDGET AND SENATOR BOND AND MIKULSKI’S REQUEST FOR $50 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FY ’05 FUNDING FOR LEAD SAFE CITIES

     WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify childhood lead poisoning as the country’s number one most preventable environmental health hazard;

     WHEREAS, According to CDC, nearly 22% of African-American children living in older homes have elevated blood lead levels.  Minority children in low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately at risk of exposures to lead hazards;

     WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors and DuPont partnered to create Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) and through CUSP, by the end of 2004 over $2.25 million in grants will have been awarded to Mayors to make their cites lead safe.

     WHEREAS, Senators Christopher “Kit” Bond and Barbara Mikulski, champions of the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2003 and recently renewed for 2004, have succeeded in appropriating $50 million per year to cities with the greatest risk of childhood exposures to lead hazards.

WHEREAS, thirty-three communities applied for the grants in 2003; twenty $2 - $3 million grants were awarded for a total of $49.6 million, including the following fifteen cities: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Rochester, NY; San Francisco, CA; St. Louis, MO; Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC.

     WHEREAS, The US Conference of Mayors was an early supporter in 2003 of the Bond-Mikulski grant program and efforts by industry leaders and non-profit organizations, such as the Children’s Health Forum, to eradicate childhood lead poisoning in US cities.

     WHEREAS, the Children’s Health Forum, chaired by former Executive Director of the NAACP, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, and former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, helped establish the $50 million grant program by calling on legislators to prevent and eliminate childhood exposures to lead hazards.

     WHEREAS, The US Conference of Mayors, Senators Bond and Mikulski, The Children’s Health Forum and other industry supporters have worked tirelessly on behalf of children to secure federal funding that will directly benefit the cities who need the most help.

     THEREFORE, be it Resolved that the US Conference of Mayors:

·    Commends Senators Bond and Mikulski, the Children’s Health Forum, and others in the non-profit and private sector for successfully joining with the USCM in fighting for renewal the $50 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program for 2004, and calls on Congress and the President to support funding again for FY 2005.

·    Supports the Children’s Health Forum and its outreach efforts at the local levels dedicated to educating the public about lead safety practices and lead hazard awareness.

·    Opposes any cuts to HUD’s FY2005 budget for the Office of Healthy Homes, and supports an increase in federal funding dedicated to lead hazard prevention, control and remediation efforts.

·    Calls on all concerned members of the USCM to implement proactive, results-orientated strategies that include public-private partnerships in pursuit of making their cities lead-safe by the year 2010.

·    Urges government officials to vigorously enforce lead-related federal, state, and local laws, including those requiring property owners to inform occupants about the risks of lead hazards, to abate any lead hazards in their properties, and to prevent any such hazards from arising in the future.

·    Encourages cities, non-profits, and interested businesses to creatively engage in public-private partnerships to implement best practices to advance the elimination of lead hazards and the eradication of lead poisoning.