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Lawyers and Doctors Partner for Healthy Housing

By Monisha Cherayil, Denise Oliveira, Megan Sandel & Ellen Tohn

State and local laws, as well as the Residential Lead-Based Hazard Reduction Act, ensure correction of substandard housing conditions that can cause increased rates of asthma, lead poisoning, and injuries in children. Through the Family Advocacy Program at the Boston Medical Center, pediatricians and lawyers work together to hold landlords and the inspectional services department accountable for their obligations to maintain healthy and safe conditions in residential housing.

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