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National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Partners With Sherwin-Williams to Target Lead Risks in Neglected Housing
Date:9/10/2007

NOT IN OUR HOUSE Initiative Will Educate Families And Increase Landlord

Accountability

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council of Negro Women and The Sherwin-Williams Company are pleased to announce "NOT IN OUR HOUSE," an initiative to educate families about health risks in the home arising from poor maintenance and neglect and to encourage property owners and landlords to provide safer living environments. In many low-income and troubled neighborhoods, children are unnecessarily exposed to substandard housing conditions that could present a serious danger to their health. Landlords who expose families to unsafe conditions need to be held accountable. Local enforcement of housing codes and increased awareness of potentially dangerous housing conditions in these troubled communities are critical.

"Bad landlords who rent to our families will be held accountable when they fail to provide well maintained and safe housing," said Dr. Dorothy Height, NCNW Executive Director. She added, "We are going to reach out in our neighborhoods and make sure that our families know how to protect their children, identify potential lead risks and report lead hazards landlords have failed to address."

With the dramatic decline in elevated blood lead levels over the last few decades, the problems that remain are mainly found in neglected and poorly maintained pre-1978 housing. These properties may not only pose risks of exposure to lead, but also other potential health and safety hazards. Educating families and holding landlords accountable for substandard living conditions will help protect our children from potential lead hazards. The NOT IN OUR HOUSE initiative will:

1. Work with key public officials to improve housing code enforcement

and make rental properties safer for families;

2. Disseminate information to landlords and families on how to

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