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Syracuse Housing Authority Unable To Inform Tenants Of Lead Paint Hazards

The officials found out that the Syracuse housing authority failed to inform the tenants prior about the lead paint hazards.

October 17, 2023

Upon the audit of the Syracuse Housing Authority, the officials found that the housing authority failed to notify the tenants in two public housing complexes about the lead paint hazards in their apartments.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the residents of Pioneer Homes and the James Geddes RowHouses should have been informed about the hazard when they rented the apartment.

The Syracuse Housing Authority also performed some renovation work in the apartments without properly trained and certified staff in the removal of lead paint hazards.

The director of Syracuse Housing Authority said that during all the work, the health and safety of residents were never at risk. The officials said that housing authority staff failed to check the box on some leases indicating that the tenant had been already informed that the building contained lead paint.

But Simons revealed that the staff was trained and certified and the amount of paint removed was less than the amount reported to authorities.

The EPA settled the case and suspended a penalty of $171,630 against the housing authority. If the housing authority provides the EPA with 20 completed lead disclosure forms for new leases, then the penalty will be waived.

The Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) must provide a quarterly list of apartments where renovations are done, reasons for any lead paint removal, and the names of the EPA-certified contractors involved. The EPA highlighted that SHA’s inspections in 2013 detected lead-based paint in certain apartment units.

The Syracuse Housing Authority manages 15 residential developments along with more than 2500 apartments. Like other older cities, Syracuse has also struggled with the problem of lead poisoning in children.

Despite lead-based paint being banned in 1978, children are exposed to lead via flaking and peeling paint in old homes and apartments.

The EPA asserts that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Ingesting or inhaling dust from lead-based paint can lead to health, behavioral, and learning issues in children.

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