Kamala Harris and Chuy García Want Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Public Housing
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Monday introduced legislation that would require carbon monoxide detectors in federally subsidized public housing. The legislation comes after an NBC News investigation showed how a widespread lack of devices poses a threat to millions of low-income families. At least 11 public housing residents have died of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2003, but HUD does not require CO detectors. The Safe Housing for Families Act, which was introduced in the House by Congressmen Chuy García (D-IL) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC), would require that HUD provide carbon monoxide detectors in public housing units. “Housing is a human right. The federal government has an obligation to ensure that residents of public housing can raise their families in a safe and healthy environment,” said Harris. “These are preventable tragedies. We must act now to get carbon monoxide detectors in HUD housing to protect the health and wellbeing of the millions who reside there.” More than 400 people die in the U.S. each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A majority of the 4.6 million families receiving public housing assistance from HUD are people with disabilities, the elderly, or families with young children making them especially vulnerable to toxic environments. “No one living in America, especially those in federal, public housing, should have to worry if they will die from carbon monoxide poisoning in their own homes,” García said. More here.