FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2021
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NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced the launch of the newly formed Team for Enhanced Management Planning and Outreach, or TEMPO, a program dedicated to outreach, inspection, and remediation in NYCHA apartments where there is known or presumed lead-based paint, and where a child under the age of 6 lives or routinely spends more than 10 hours per week.
“NYCHA’s TEMPO program will allow work to be done faster, increase communication and supervision, and provide greater protection for our families,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ. “This critical work is a huge step forward in our efforts around lead-based paint and will increase the safety of our households with young children."
“TEMPO is precisely the proactive, state of the art lead program that NYCHA families deserve,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “Since 2019, in collaboration with its federal partners, NYCHA has been dedicated to developing a lead action plan and creating compliance, training, testing and outreach protocols to address and eradicate lead in New York City public housing. TEMPO is an important result of this work as we move forward in addressing this critical issue.”
TEMPO was created as part of the Initial Lead Action Plan, which was approved by the Federal Monitor in January. The program expedites lead abatement (work to permanently remove or, in some cases, cover the lead component) and enhances lead safety protocols during repair work that could disturb lead-based paint. TEMPO is focused on three main objectives:
TEMPO work will be conducted by teams of certified workers who follow strict lead-based paint protocols to keep residents safe, including restricting access to areas where paint-disturbing work is being performed. NYCHA is focusing its most aggressive protocols at apartments where young children spend the most time.
To distinguish between the apartments where children under 6 live and those where children only regularly visit, NYCHA will:
Depending on apartment conditions, residents will be offered temporary accommodations if the work is required in a critical room and the TEMPO team cannot complete the work in a day. If residents choose not to relocate, the TEMPO team will restrict access to the areas of the apartment where paint-disturbing work is being performed, until the work areas are safe to enter
You can find FAQs and more information about TEMPO here: on.nyc.gov/lead-safety.
About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
(“NYCHA” or the “Authority”) provides affordable housing to 380,299 authorized residents in over 177,611 apartments within 335 housing developments. NYCHA serves 359,593 authorized residents in over 168,100 apartments within 285 housing developments through the conventional public housing program (Section 9) and 20,706 authorized residents in 9,511 units within 50 developments that have been converted to PACT/RAD. Through federal rent subsidies (Section 8 Leased Housing Program), NYCHA also assists approximately 77,663 families in locating and renting units. In addition, NYCHA facilitates access to social services through a variety of programs.