Louisa DeGarmo

Albany Community Development Agency
Title: Risk Assessor
Phone: 518-434-5265
DeGarmo, Louisa

Louisa is the Lead Paint Risk Assessor, evaluating homes and checking all painted surfaces for lead, determining if ACDA program recipients are in need of lead paint abatement. Prior to joining the City of Albany, Louisa worked for the Rensselaer County Health Department doing lead inspections. “People assume that lead poisoning comes from kids eating paint chips, but that’s a huge misconception, it’s actually the extremely tiny lead dust particles that people can inhale and swallow”, Louisa says. If lead is found during an inspection, Louisa works to develop a plan to abate the lead using federal HUD grants. 

The long-term effect of her work is to prevent childhood lead poisoning and keep homes safe. Louisa enjoys working with homeowners and tenants and seeing the woodwork and architecture of old Albany homes. Louisa is a fan of the Buffalo Bills, and she likes to spend time outdoors. Louisa loves spending time with her children, and you can often find her at their sporting events, particularly soccer, basketball, and track.


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