Known as the “silent killer,” lead paint exposure in older homes is becoming a concern for Delaware state officials. Homes built before 1977 have a higher lead hazard than those homes built after. Lead paint was banned in 1977. Older homes with exposed lead paint have disproportionately affected low-income neighborhoods not just in Delaware, but nationwide. Delaware has received 3.28 million dollars in federal funding to help repair houses that have lead hazards.
Partnering with organizations such s La Esperanza and First State Community Action Agency, the state is urging those in low income housing to have their homes assessed for lead. However, the funding is only available for another two years and officials say that not enough people have taken advantage of the program. Bill Leitzinger, who works for the Delaware Division of Public Health told local news station WMDT that,