Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined a family who has been directly impacted by exposure to lead paint in a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development to demand the agency provide immediate assistance for families who have been exposed to lead paint.

Oct. 22nd the federal monitor for NYCHA, Bart Schwartz, revealed that 9,000 apartments likely contain lead paint where young children live or spend a significant amount of time—about triple the number of apartments NYCHA officials previously acknowledged as containing lead hazards.

Those 9,000 apartments include apartments of relatives where children spent more than 10 hours a week. Lead can cause serious cognitive issues in children, particularly when those exposed are under 6 years of age. Research shows that even relatively low levels of lead exposure can cause loss of IQ, hyperactivity and other behavioral problems.