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Numerous stakeholders have been watching closely over the past two years or so as Syracuse moved toward final adoption of a new lead paint ordinance. The measure approved Monday by Common Councilors means city code inspectors can cite the presence of lead paint as a violation. 

A fund set up to help local non-profit agencies deal with a wide range of impacts from the COVID-19 crisis has given out more than half-a-million dollars in help.  But the Central New York Community Foundation, which is managing it, is seeing what president Peter Dunn calls ‘staggering demand’.  It didn’t take long for safety-net type of services to fall short, such as the CNY Diaper Bank.

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Individuals, businesses, institutions, and others are being encouraged to help those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak by donating to a new community support fund.  The Central New York Community Foundation is teaming up with the United Way and the Allyn Foundation to set up the fund. 

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People who struggle with poverty often have to visit multiple locations to receive the help they need. And nonprofits don’t individually have the means to accommodate each need.

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The Central New York Community Foundation is taking the unusual step of endorsing proposed legislation that would empower Syracuse housing inspectors to test for the presence of lead paint.  Their advocacy comes halfway into a four year, $2 million commitment to help end childhood lead poisoning.

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  Refugee resettlement programs have to cover a lot, from teaching English to job training to housing assistance. But one aspect of well being is often overlooked: mental health.

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Two growing populations in Central New York, new Americans and the elderly, are also typically undercounted in the census. The amount of federal dollars the area will receive depends on an accurate count of these populations.

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Landlords that have lead contamination in their houses or apartments could find themselves the target of fines and criminal charges as Onondaga County is stepping up enforcement. Community and law enforcement officials today announced a series of forums to help landlords and builders know how to get rid of lead problems. 

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Onondaga County, and especially Syracuse, continue to grapple with a serious and stubborn lead problem.  The old housing stock combined with high poverty levels and low home ownership rates mean efforts to rid homes of lead paint have been painfully slow for decades.  Here's how the crisis has impacted one north-side family:

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Senator Chuck Schumer says he’s pulling out all the stops to ensure Syracuse gets its share of federal funding to address lead hazards in older homes.  He stopped by Golisano Children’s Hospital Monday to explain why.  Lead paint was banned in 1978, but 90 percent of Syracuse’s housing stock was built before 1980.   Half of the city’s rental properties were built before 1960.