According to New York highest court, Childhood lead poisoning may be the most significant environmental disease among children in New York City at Washington Heights and Inwood forms the western portion of New York City Lead Belt. There are more children at-risk for lead poisoning in the Washington Heights and Inwood community than in any other neighborhood in New York City. The Department of Health reports that with 13% of Manhattan’s population, our community had 58% of the reported cases. Eighty nine percent, or approximately 65,000 apartment units in Washington Heights and Inwood contain lead-based paint.
Since we opened in 2003, we have provided families with temporary housing, case manangement services, housing referrals, counseling, education on lead poisoning prevention, and help obtaining necessary housing repairs and medical services.
NMIC's lawyers led a landmark class action suit on lead standards that resulted in passage of Local Law One of 2004, which effectively ended the weak and inadequate responses to unsafe lead conditions that previously dominated city policy. We continue to monitor the City's implementation of this law through our work training tenants and our partnership with the NYC Coalition to End Lead Paint Poisoning.
NMIC won 2006 EPA Environmental Quality Award.