Redwood City — With funding from a legal settlement with paint manufacturers, San Mateo County has entered into an agreement with local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Peninsula to establish a lead paint hazard remediation program for residential housing in the county.

The Board of Supervisors has approved the agreement, the latest step in a decades-long legal effort.

“This settlement finally holds these companies accountable while providing much-needed funding to clean up the harm they have caused to generations of Californians,” said Warren Slocum, vice president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

“I’m proud to see San Mateo County moving forward in a partnership that will reduce the dangers of lead paint,” Slocum said. “This is really about equity. We know that children from low-income households are far more likely to be exposed to the dangers of lead paint because their housing is likely to be older.”

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