New Haven to focus on home health issues with $2 million federal grant


NEW HAVEN – New $2 Million Federal ‘Healthy Homes’ Grant lead, mold, mildew, radon and other home health issues will help the city make life better and safer for hundreds of vulnerable families in the city, officials say.

“This $2 million is very significant because it greatly adds to the work we are doing in New Haven to keep people safe in their homes, and especially vulnerable people,” Elicker said. Director of Health Maritza Bond, “when she started more than two years ago, she and I talked about the importance” of continued lead reduction, among the issues, he said.

Health officials said this was especially important in New Haven because 70% of homes in the city were built before 1978, when lead paint was commonly used.

“It was a priority” because of lead’s potential to inflict “permanent damage to the developing frame of young children,” Elicker said. “Since then, the health department, Principal Bond and her team have worked very hard to radically change the way the city approaches lead liability and to ensure that more young people are safer.

Among other things, “they completely revamped the city’s lead policies,” went from two inspectors to six, and solved an old backlog of dealing with complaints about lead,” and because of that, there’s a lot of kids in New Haven who are safer today,” he said.

The $2 million grant, which will complement the city’s existing lead-reduction programs, “adds to that by adding an extra layer of inspection” that goes beyond addressing lead issues to solve problems such as mold and radon, he said.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who helped with the funding, said “there’s a reason New Haven received this grant” and “it’s because New Haven has the leadership to make it good.” use”.

The grant is important because “there is nothing more important to children’s health than their home,” Blumenthal said. “If a child can’t go to school or go to the playground, it affects that child for a long time.”

Blumenthal said environmental preparation will help prevent things like asthma and lead poisoning.

Bond, who grew up in Fair Haven, said ‘although we have been on the front lines’ of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health has also been working to reduce health issues at home such as threats such as lead and mold” to ensure that we are dealing with timely issues for our children.

She called the house at 150 Grafton St. where she and other officials had assembled “a house of opportunity” that “has many violations,” located in a neighborhood with multiple health issues that need addressing.

Rafael Ramos, the city’s new environmental health program director, said New Haven was one of only two New Haven communities that were among 60 nationwide to receive grants under the program, and the health department will work closely with other city departments, including the Livable City Initiative, to get the job done.

The target population “is low-income families,” according to program guidelines, he said.

Those wishing to obtain more information about the program can do so through the City’s Lead Reduction Program website at, or by calling the Department of Health at 203-946-6999, Ramos said.


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