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
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify childhood lead
poisoning as the country’s number one most preventable environmental health
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
· 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.
©2004 U.S. Conference of Mayors