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Health Housing Intersections Research

Collaborating with Housing Quality Stakeholders to Reduce Home Health Risks

A major housing quality concern for affordable housing organizations is children’s exposure to lead, most often through lead-based paint in homes built prior to the 1980s. Lead exposure can lead to poisoning among young children which can result in behavioral problems and intellectual impairment. Children from low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by high lead levels in the home. Since 1989, Medicaid has required that all enrolled children have their blood tested for the presence of lead to discover whether they have elevated blood lead levels that could be harmful.

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