H.E.A.T. Report: (Lead is Poisoning our Kids)





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Published on Nov 28, 2016

Consequences of Housing Disinvestment and Associated Health Risks

To find out more, and how to identify neighborhoods where low income and minority residents face increased odds of toxic exposure download the HEAT Report at www.WeAreWyandotte.com

In 1910 Baltimore Mayor Barry Mahool said “Blacks should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidence of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby white neighborhoods, and to protect the property values among the white majority.”

This practice hasn’t necessarily stopped.

One of the lingering effects of systemic disinvestment in housing as a result of redlining has been the decimation of housing stock in these redlined areas.

Central city housing has aged and declined. Newer replacement housing stock has not been built. Old homes have been demolished with the remnants left in the foundations of the properties to bleed into the soil. The homes that are left, are occupied by our community.

There’s lead in the water in Michigan, and there is lead in the walls, and in the soil of Wyandotte County Kansas.
Older homes are more likely to contain lead paint, which was not outlawed until the late 70’s.

These lower value properties most at risk for lead paint exposures overlap to a very large extent the areas of greater health risk identified on the high-risk population and Opportunity maps.
You can find maps of residential areas containing lead paint and more at www.WeAreWyandotte.com

Lead and proximity to other environmental health hazards is predominantly impacting our communities of color near the industrial areas and in areas with disinvestment and poor housing stock.

The HEAT Report leverages the history of policies that have shaped the make-up of today’s neighborhood and highlights ongoing injustices and extraction of wealth.
You can draw a bright line from redlining, through neighborhood disinvestment, to current residential housing conditions and identify those neighborhoods where children are most likely to be lead poisoned.

The end result is an area of severely depressed residential properties, where the remaining residents are largely those lacking the means to leave and the resources to deal with the health effects of potential exposures.

The history of Kansas City is, in large measure, the history of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and their role in transportation, commerce, and civic life.

The history of Kansas City is not unique. What happened in Wyandotte County Kansas happened all across the country.
Low-income and minority residents have been historically excluded from the decision processes that place their neighborhoods at greater risk of toxic exposures. Environmental law provides legal means to empower these residents to seek remedy.

Environmental justice, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

You are Wyandotte

To find out more, and how to identify neighborhoods where low income and minority residents face increased odds of toxic exposure download the HEAT Report at www.WeAreWyandotte.com


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