Housing Trust Funds and Wisconsin: Funding for Lead Hazard Control
The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Karen Timberlake, seventh from left in red jacket, heard La Follette School students present their recommendations for ways to fund rehabilitation of pre-1950 housing as a way to reduce lead poisoning in children. From left: Social Work graduate student Melissa Renzi; author Tora Frank; state epidemiologist Joseph Schirmer; authors Sean Moran, Will Sierzchula and Jennie Mauer; DHFS Secretary Karen Timberlake; author Kim Zamastil; DHFS Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Manager Margie Joosse Coons; DHFS Public Health Educator Steve Anholt; DHFS Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health Director Chuck Warzecha; and DHFS Division of Public Health Deputy Administrator Tom Sieger. (78.54Kb)
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The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services seeks funding for the rehabilitation of pre-1950 housing as a way to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in this state. The state constitution prohibits using Wisconsin funds for private building improvements. The authors? analysis examines one option to finance lead hazard control: housing trust funds. The report compares administering a statewide housing trust fund, enabling regional governments to develop their own funds, and working within the confines of the status quo.