Every year the promise of thousands of young children in Pennsylvania is diminished due to lead paint poisoning. PA children are poisoned at a rate 2.3 times higher than children poisoned in Flint, Michigan at the peak of the city’s crisis. Approximately 8,000 PA children are poisoned every year, yet these are only the children we know about as only 20% of children are tested.
What’s worse is this is an entirely preventable fate. The time is now to fulfill countless political promises to finally end lead paint poisoning in PA.
The federal government banned lead in paint for use in our homes 40+ years ago, so we think the problem is solved, but tragically it is not.
PA is an old state with 70% of houses built more than 40 years ago, so our windows and walls and railings and baseboards were coated with lead-based paint, and when it chips and flakes and dusts, it can irreversibly injure our children.
Lead poisoning can rob children of their intellect causing brain damage and behavioral and learning problems – problems that follow babies into school and through young adulthood - that can lead to doing poorly in school and increased risk for dropping out of school and involvement in criminal activity.
The majority of the children who are harmed in PA are White. Children of color are disproportionately impacted, however, because they are more likely to live in older properties with deteriorated lead-based paint. Black children are harmed 4 times more and Hispanic children 2 times more than White children.
We invite Pennsylvania's health care, health insurance, housing, social service, education, business, civic and community organizations to publicly endorse the Lead-Free Promise Project.
Your organization’s unique voice adds momentum to this movement. As a supportive member, you will be encouraged to participate in project meetings, to support the project’s outreach efforts and you will be invited to special forums. You will also receive updates on progress and opportunities to stay involved. By joining, your organization agrees to be listed as an endorser of the project’s goals, to mention the project in your appropriate communications and provide feedback to the project as needed. To participate or learn more, contact Colleen McCauley, Co-Chair, Lead-Free Promise Project, email@example.com or 215-298-2027.
Childhood lead poisoning is 100% preventable - primarily by removing lead paint-based hazards in older homes. Our two main goals are:
Get lead out of homes.
Guarantee all children get tested twice for lead at ages one and two.
Ensure all poisoned children are referred to Early Intervention services.
GOVERNOR SHAPIRO BUDGET PROPOSAL RAISES AWARENESS OF LEAD PAINT POISONING
Proposes $500 Million Lead Remediation in Schools
Almost two years after the Lead-Free Promise Project launched, the risk of lead paint poisoning is being amplified across Pennsylvania and among policymakers. Governor Shapiro proposed a $500 million lead remediation fund for schools over the course of five years as part of the 2023–24 Executive Budget. READ OUR FULL STATEMENT HERE
THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN LEAD PIPE AND PAINT REMOVAL
The Lead-Free Promise Project Applauds the Administration’s Efforts to Make PA Lead Free
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are in Philadelphia today at the Belmont Water Treatment Plant announcing $500 million funding for water upgrades and lead service removal as part of a 10-year effort to replace lead pipe service across the country. READ MORE
EAST LANSDOWNE COUNCIL PASSES NEW LEAD CERTIFICATION ORDINANCE
Lead Free Promise Project releases new document for municipalities to advance the fight to end lead paint poisoning
The Lead-Free Promise Project, a statewide coalition of more than 60 organizations across the state, and the Borough of East Lansdowne hosted a press conference today announcing a new lead certification ordinance in a continued effort to end lead paint poisoning in Pennsylvania. READ MORE
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING LEGISLATION PASSES GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Last-minute revisions dilute its probable impact
The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Senate Bill 522, the “Childhood Blood Lead Test Act,” on October 26, 2022. The bill passed the Senate after it concurred with amendments, previously adopted by the full House of Representatives, which weakened the bill intended to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of children who are exposed to poisonous lead. The legislation now moves to Governor Wolf’s desk for his signature. READ MORE
PA LEAD FREE PROMISE PROJECT ENDORSES SENATE BILL 522, URGES PASSING
Nearly 8,000 Pennsylvania children still lead paint poisoned every year
The Lead-Free Promise Project, a coalition of nearly 60 organizations across the state all dedicated to ending lead paint poisoning in Pennsylvania, endorsed Senate Bill 522 — ‘Childhood Blood Lead Test Act’ — about the need to prioritize lead screening and remediation at a Capitol Rotunda press conference on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. READ MORE
PA LEAD FREE PROMISE PROJECT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN STATE CAPITOL
Unveils #PALeadFreeHouse – a Statewide Legislative Promise to Advance the Fight to End Lead Paint Poisoning
The Lead-Free Promise Project, a coalition of more than 53 organizations across the state, launched the #PALeadFreeHouse Legislative Promise Initiative at a Capitol Rotunda press conference on Wednesday, May 25th. READ MORE
PA LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION INVESTMENT IN LEAD REMEDIATION Advances Fight to End Lead Paint Poisoning
The Pennsylvania Legislative Democratic Caucus announced a $10 million investment of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to create a lead remediation fund for low-income homeowners and landlords to remove lead paint-based hazards from homes at press conference at Temple Health today. READ MORE
The PA Department of Health Releases Two New Lead Reports
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) recently released two new lead poisoning reports for the state of Pennsylvania: the Birth Cohort Report and the Childhood Lead Surveillance Report. The findings include data and statistics from 2017 to 2020. READ MORE
LEAD FREE PROMISE PROJECT LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE PARENT RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR CHILDREN POISONED BY LEAD PAINT
The Lead Free Promise Project (LFPP) released the state’s first Lead Poisoning Parent Resource Toolkit, a county-by-county interactive guide to care for a child who has been poisoned by lead based paint. READ MORE
The PA Department of Health Adopts the New CDC Guidelines on Elevated Blood Lead Levels
The Lead Free Promise Project Applauds the State’s Efforts
On January 1, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Health adopted the new CDC blood lead reference value of 3.5 mcg/dL down from 5mcg/dL following the CDC’s decision upon recommendation from the Lead Exposure and Prevention Advisory Committee (LEPAC). READ MORE
ACTING SECRETARY OF HUMAN SERVICES, REP. STRUZZI HELP LAUNCH LEAD FREE PROMISE PROJECT, NON-PARTISAN COALITION TO END LEAD PAINT POISONING IN PA
The Lead Free Promise Project (LFPP) launched a nonpartisan coalition advocacy campaign to end lead paint poisoning across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of the Department of Humans Services Meg Snead and State Representative Jim Struzzi joined the 38 organizations leading the effort to combat lead paint poisoning to announce its goals to create a state fund for low-income homeowners and landlords to remove lead paint-based hazards in properties, and by the passage of legislation requiring all children under two-years-old to be screened for lead poisoning.