Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion to direct the Department of Public Health to develop and implement a community outreach, education, and engagement plan that ensures culturally-competent and accessible communication to ensure as many homes as possible receive remediation services from the Countywide Lead-Based Paint Hazard Remediation Program:

“One of my top priorities in public service has been to fight for families who have been directly impacted by the detrimental effects of lead poisoning. I have seen it with my own eyes, and I have met with families caring for their sick children.

Residents in my district have silently endured an environmental injustice, known as Exide, for decades. While we have done much to help these families, the tremendous scope of the damage on our families, our neighborhoods, and our homes caused by Exide means that our work is very far from complete. That’s why I am pleased that the Board of Supervisors passed my motion today calling for a community outreach, education, and engagement plan to ensure as many families as possible benefit from the Countywide Lead-Based Paint Hazard Remediation Program.

In order to ensure maximum participation, the County will be taking cultural differences, socio-economic status, and language into consideration when developing and implementing this plan. Further, we will work with our Office of Immigrant Affairs to ensure that all communication and engagement is done in a respectful and understanding manner.

LA County is here to help our residents combat lead poisoning. I encourage families to contact the LA County Department of Public Health to see if they are eligible for this service: 1-800-LA-4-LEAD (1-800-524-5323).”