Healthy Homes

New York community receives $50,000 grant for healthy homes program

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:20

An organization in Salamanca, New York will receive a $50,000 grant to conduct an extensive program to test for lead in a household, along with other harmful particles, as families in the community will be able to determine if the air quality in their homes is up to national standards, according to the Salamanca Press.

The Salamanca Healthy Homes Committee, a recently formed organization in the city, will receive one of 24 Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants awarded across the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The grants, which total $1 million statewide, will be directed toward organizations that serve communities where the environment within a home poses a risk to families, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens told the news source.

"The Department of Environmental Conservation will be providing much-needed funding to two dozen outstanding organizations and projects throughout New York that will provide benefits to environmental justice communities far beyond the value of the grants," Martens said. "The Environmental Justice Grants Program, created with input from the DEC Environmental Justice Advisory Group, helps communities understand and mitigate environmental harms or risks to improve quality of life."

Healthy homes programs like the one in Salamanca are designed to provide education to families about the potential dangers that exist within a residence and the various ways that a homeowner can protect their families from toxins and contaminants.

Areas like New York may see a rise in the levels of toxins in a home due to the necessity of running a heating system during cold winter months. Older versions of this technology can generate dust and reduce the air quality.

Radiant heating systems can help to limit the presence of airborne toxins caused by inefficient heaters, as this technology does not require the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents that tend to store and distribute the contaminants around a home.