homes built before 1950, which includes a significant portion of New Haven housing stock. Lead negatively impacts almost allbodily functions and is particularly detrimental to thedevelopment of the nervous system and brain for children.Background:While directing the Livable City Initiative and then overseeing LCIas Economic Development Administrator, Henry Fernandez
developed significant improvements in the City’s enforcement of
the housing code. These included computerizing housing codeenforcement, training housing code inspectors, and dramaticallyincreasing the total number of properties inspected every year.Principles:
New Haven residents deserve quality housing that respects theirhuman dignity, provides decent shelter, and ensures that they aresafe from crime. Quality housing protects individuals, familiesand neighborhoods. A slumlord on a block destroys propertyvalues, encourages crime, and reduces public health.
The City of New Haven has a fundamental responsibility tomaintain quality housing, including enforcement of its housingcode, responsiveness to complaints from residents and protectingrenters.
No contracts will be given to and no bids will be accepted fromreal estate owners and/or managers who have significantoutstanding housing code violations or a track record of operatingas slumlords.