ACT NOW to ensure continued funding for HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program!
The home is the most dangerous place for U.S. families. Nearly six million families live in housing rivaling that of developing countries, with broken heating and plumbing, holes in walls and windows, roach and rodent infestation, falling plaster, crumbling foundations, and leaking roofs. Millions more in all 50 states live in housing with serious health and safety hazards including mold, exposed wiring, radon, unvented heaters, toxic chemicals, broken stairs, missing smoke detectors, and other hazards. Home-based interventions to address health hazards improve health and have a large return on investment: Each dollar invested in lead paint hazard control results in a return of $17 to $221, and each dollar invested in asthma home-based interventions that include education and remediation results in a return of $5.30 to $14.00.
That’s why it makes both great common sense and great fiscal sense to direct more funding to the critical government programs that invest money in America’s future by making homes safer and healthier. Unfortunately, these programs are always in serious danger of debilitating budget cutting.
Please take these simple steps now to ensure healthy homes and lead hazard control and lead /poisoning prevention programs continue!
STEP 1: SIGN your organization on to the attached letter to Congress for HUD and CDC funding.
STEP 2: CALL your representative in the U.S. House!
1. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to be connected to your representative. (If you don’t know who your representative is, the switchboard can tell you based on your address.)
2. Ask to speak with the staff person who handles the health or housing issues for the office.
3. When you reach or leave a message for the staffer (or speak to the receptionist if the staffer is not available), tell him or her:
- “I’m calling to urge Representative [representative’s last name] to sign on to the Congresswoman Slaughter sign-on letter in support of healthy homes and lead poisoning prevention funding for HUD and CDC. The sign-on letter deadline is March 19.
- “I also urge the representative to submit a request to the health appropriations subcommittee to fund CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at $29 million.
- “These funds will ensure the protection of over 500,000 lead-poisoned children who need CDC-funded services.
- “Thank you!”
STEP 3: Call your senators! (Coming soon!)
Only you can help us win this budget battle.