Utica Neighborhood Housing Services, 1611 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501

Office Phone: 315-724-4197  |  Office Hours: Mon – Thurs from 8:00a - 4:30p  |  Website: unhs.org


In recent years, Oneida County has had one of the highest levels of childhood lead poisoning in New York State and Herkimer County levels are double the state average.  Experts say children can be exposed to lead through a variety of sources, including contaminated soil or water; imported toys, pottery or cosmetics; and household paint manufactured before 1978. Long-term lead exposure can result in developmental delays, learning difficulties, and behavior issues, with lifelong health and financial consequences.  Several local, state and federal programs are addressing the issue, but an opportunity exists to coordinate efforts to achieve greater outcomes and prevent duplicative services.

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The City of Utica Lead Safe Utica Grant can help address lead and home health hazards in 180 housing units for low income families.


To qualify for assistance, eligible families must live in Utica, have a home built prior to 1978, have a child under age 6 spending significant time in the home, and must meet income guidelines.


For more information about how to apply, contact the HomeOwnershipCenter at 315-724-4197.

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New York State has lowered the action level indicating when a child has been poisoned to match the federal standard, ensuring more children will be identified earlier.


To learn if your child is at risk, take the

Lead Exposure Risk Assessment.


Contact your healthcare provider or the Oneida County Health Department to schedule a blood lead level screening.

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The Statewide Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 has taken effect to protect tenants from unlawful eviction, including retaliation from lead being identified in a rental housing unit.


Learn more at Legal Services of Central New York at www.lscny.org/legal-services/home-conditions-safety/ or call 877-777-6152.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties is serving as the backbone organization for the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition, a collective impact initiative, which consists of more than 100 individuals from over 40 organizations.


The Coalition includes representatives from public health, government, legal,  insurance, healthcare, education, childcare, housing, construction and support services constituencies. The group meets often and focuses on the reduction of lead and environmental health hazards in pre-1978 housing, as well as expanding testing and community awareness of the problem. Efforts range from direct outreach to strengthening legislation.



Landlords and realtors must divulge lead risks in properties

Lead-based paint hazards must  be disclosed before leases take effect and contracts must include a lead warning statement.


Local contractors must be

RRP  or abatement certified

Contractors that disturb painted surfaces in structures  built before 1978 need to be certified in lead safe work practices


Medical providers must screen children at  a high risk  for lead poisoning 

All children in New York State

are required to be tested

for lead poisoning at

age 1 and  2 .

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Lead-Free MV 

at the UNHS HomeOwnershipCenter

1611 Genesee Street

Utica, NY 13501


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