The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill that would cut critical funding to lead removal programs. These programs are turning around the devastating impact of lead exposure in neighborhoods across the U.S, and cutting them would increase serious health risks for more than half a million children each year.
One of these neighborhoods is the Sandtown-Winchester community in Baltimore where 25-year-old Freddie Gray—who was arrested and died while in Baltimore police custody in April—called home. Like hundreds of black children, Freddie suffered from dangerously high blood-lead levels as a child. As a result, he struggled with educational, behavioral and health problems his entire life.
Lead paint and dust exposure is not endemic to Baltimore. Across the U.S., more than half a million children ages 1 to 5 have blood-lead levels high enough to damage their health. Sierra Club