Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

The Oneida County Health Department has received an over $1 million state grant for its Healthy Neighborhoods program.

County Executive Anthony Picente says the money will be used to address health issues associated with older housing stock in the City of Rome and surrounding towns.

“We continue to address health issues among low-income, often minority families and senior populations residing in aged housing stock.” Picente said.  He added, “Through an aggressive plan of outreach and sustained partnerships, the health department will work with tenants, landlords and residents to improve environmental health in neighborhoods.”

The Health Department hopes to canvass 800 apartments and mobile housing units over he next five years.