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There are two primary sources of support for housing from the Federal Government HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families -- the old welfare)

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If property is remodeled or rented with HUD funds, the property must be inspected for lead hazards and any repairs must be made using Lead Safe Work Practices.  However, if the rent subsidy comes from the TANF program, there is no such requirement.

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We need a consistent federal policy that says that if a property owner receives federal money, that property must be lead safe. 

Status:  Sen. Schumer has expressed interest, but there is currently no measure before congress.

The targeted use of tax policy has been an effective means to achieve many social goals. 

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Sen. Clinton has introduced a bill that would grant property owners a tax credit for the cost of work done to make homes lead safe. 

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We need to monitor progress of that proposal and make sure that our federal representatives know that we support it.

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning 

Committed to ending childhood lead poisoning in Monroe County by 2010

For more information, contact:  pbrantingham@leadsafeby2010.org