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Rhode Island Housing Resource Officials and Community Partner Will Celebrate Lead Paint Poisoning Reductions during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The State of Rhode Island, Housing Resources Commission, is celebrating the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Providence, RI (October 23, 2009) - The Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission and community partners will mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by holding a press conference to celebrate the success of the Lead Hazard Mitigation Law in increasing the lead safe housing stock in RI. Since implementation of the Act in November 2005, the incidence of childhood lead poisoning in the State has been reduced from 6.9% to 1.1% according to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s “2008 Childhood Lead Poisoning Report.”

What: Celebrating the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Month

Who: Lt. Governor Elizabeth Robert; Susan Baxter, Chair of the State of Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission; Dr. David Gifford, RI Department of Health Director (Invited); Public officials and advocates important in the establishment and the success of the Lead Hazard Mitigation Program

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: State House, Governor’s State Room

The event will highlight the continuing need for lead poisoning prevention activities and will serve as a reminder to non-compliant landlords about their legal responsibilities to attend the three hour Lead Awareness Seminar and to ensure that their properties are safe and protect their tenants from lead hazards.

The day of the event will be an opportunity to hear from property owners who have participated in the state lead hazard reduction programs and/or mitigated lead hazard in their homes.

The Housing Resources Commission provides housing opportunities for all Rhode Islanders and seeks to maintain the quality of housing in Rhode Island.

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