The hidden poisoning of poor children at an L.A. housing complex

The soil is laced with lead and arsenic in yards where children play.

Feature (California)

Bryce Covert
October 19, 2016

Tags: Housing: Discrimination, Lead Poisoning

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)


She’s not the only one who’s worried. Health and environmental safety at Jordan Downs have been thrust to the forefront as HACLA has moved ahead with an ambitious billion-dollar project to demolish and rebuild all of the buildings in the complex, a project that includes new construction on a lot of land the housing authority recently purchased. That land is the former site of a steel factory and then a truck repair shop, and the soil is tainted with toxins including lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

And yet there is no plan to clean up those environmental toxins, according to advocates, or to protect residents who live steps away from the construction sites and who might be at risk.