Newburgh has one of the highest frequencies of lead burdened cases in New York State. Last year the Orange County Health Commissioner designated census tracts 3, 4 and 5 in the city of Newburgh as areas of “high risk.” The primary goal of Primary Prevention Program (PPP) involves identifying housing at greatest risk of lead-paint hazards. This program is working towards developing partnerships and community engagement to promote primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning and interventions to create lead-safe housing units. Housing units within the above mentioned census tracts will be targeted with homevisits and door-to-door outreach, followed by mandatory free lead inspections. These same inspections will also be conducted based on referrals from DSS, WIC, local code enforcement and community development, as well as from other programs in the LHD. PPP also focuses on Building Lead-Safe Work Practice (LSWP) workforce capacity, and identifying community resources for lead-hazard control. PPP offers free training on lead awareness and lead safe work practices to contractors, property owners, childcare providers, parents, residents, and landlords. In 2010, PPP will be adding census tracts 11, 12 and 14 in the City of Middletown to their workplan.
In order to find out if your home has lead, a special machine called XRF is used. To find out if you qualify for a free lead inspection contact us.