Lead Legal Strategies Partnership

Project Funder: The New York Community Trust

Project Partners: ChangeLab Solutions and Earthjustice

Project Contact: Laura Fudala, lfudala@nchh.org, 443.539.4167

Project Description: The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), ChangeLab Solutions, and Earthjustice are collaborating on the Lead Legal Strategies Partnership, a new initiative funded by The New York Community Trust. By mobilizing existing effective resources, data, model policies, and best practices, the Lead Legal Strategies Partnership will equip communities with the necessary tools to effect systems-level change and improve health outcomes.

The Lead Legal Strategies Partnership will focus on providing legal guidance to help communities address existing, time-sensitive housing issues, while also sharing and promoting healthy housing strategies identified in a forthcoming Earthjustice legal scan.

The ultimate beneficiaries of the proposed work will be children and their families at risk for lead exposure in the communities receiving technical assistance. Due to the nature of lead exposure, particularly through poor-quality housing, the impact is likely to be greatest in low-income communities and communities of color. Therefore, the partnership will strive to build and enhance the capacity of organizations within the community to work with local government to address and reduce lead exposure.

The Lead Legal Strategies Partnership’s initial activities will focus on the nine communities identified as grantees of the Equipping Communities for Action initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Under this initiative, grantees receive 18-month bundled grant awards aimed at building local capacity and advancing evidence-based lead poisoning prevention efforts through policy and systems change.

Future efforts of the Lead Legal Strategies Partnership will extend technical assistance to other communities in New York and elsewhere throughout the country as opportunities are identified.



New Partnership Established to Help Communities Implement Context-Specific Legal Strategies to Address Lead Poisoning [press release, July 9, 2019.]