Prevention and Reduction - Working to reduce exposure to indoor and environmental pollutants.
From 1997 to 2014, between 20 and 30 residents a year participated in six month trainings to learn how to inspect their neighborhoods, document environmental health hazards and how to support their neighbors in reducing and preventing those hazards. Residents learned to identify environmental hazards and access resources to address those hazards, how to increase awareness of environmental health issues and become advocates for change. From 2006 through 2010, the Community Inspectors (CI) Program has focused on community wide environmental issues and has engaged more than 220 residents in workshops and presentations in order to identify and prioritize environmental concerns. Most recently this has included advocacy to reduce the impacts of diesel pollution and to promote policies to reduce/mitigate pollution and revitalize Environmental Justice communities.
Since 2010, our CI program evolved into the Safer Homes for a Healthy Community program and has provided families in the Northeast San Fernando Valley with information and support to eliminate lead, asthma triggers, green cleaning, and home health hazards, including Integrated Pest Management trainings. Since 2010 the Promotoras have reached hundreds of residents per year through presentations at schools, churches, community fairs and other venues. The Safer Homes Program has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a model program to prevent the impact of toxics.
Pacoima Beautiful's Lead Hazard Remediation Program is funded by Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. This program offers the opportunity for low-income families to remove lead from the home. Lead is a heavy metal. Lead is also a poison, and can damage the brain, kidneys, liver and other organs. Even small amounts can cause learning problems and changes in behavior. Each year, over 2000 Los Angeles children are identified with elevated blood lead levels, and between 300 and 500 children required a home visit by a nurse.
Every child deserves a healthy place to live, whether you own or rent. Because children are small and growing, they can be more sensitive to hazards in the home than adults. The lead abatement program will help you to protect yourself and your family.
Pacoima Beautiful can help you fill out the application if you meet qualifications listed in the flyer below. For more information please contact Maria Guzman at (818) 899-2454 ext. 105
Download flyer for the Lead Hazard Remediation Program
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