Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that would create tax credits for homeowners or renters to help remove lead in paint, pipes and soil.
Lead has been linked to neurological damage, developmental delays, memory loss and hearing loss in children; as well as kidney, heart, and reproductive issues in adults. Due to these health risks, the residential use of lead paint was banned in 1978.
However, several homes across New York were built before then.
“This bill will take important steps to address this public health challenge and ensure homeowners can address the dangerous threat of lead poisoning in their paint, pipes, or soil,” said Gillibrand. “Existing lead hazard control programs are not enough; families need direct and flexible resources to finally eliminate lead from their homes and protect their health.”
The Home Lead Safety Tax Credit Act of 2021 would:
- Provide temporary refundable tax credits worth up to $4,000 to cover 50% of the costs of lead abatement of paint, pipes, and soil through 2024.
- Be available to homeowners, renters, landlords, or any parties paying for the abatement.
- Help with additional lead abatement costs not covered by state tax credits and other programs.
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative estimates that the bill could help remediate more than
1 million houses and apartments across the country and would support more than 62,000 temporary jobs.