BROOKLYN - "Preventable" and "despicable" are just some ways advocates who gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday described lead-tainted Brooklyn apartments.

The Coalition for the Homeless says the city's Housing Stability Plus program needs stricter rules before placing families in homes. Program critics held a news conference on the steps of City Hall to make their feelings known. The group says the city knows many buildings built before 1960 have lead paint. The coalition feels it's irresponsible for families to be placed in housing without a thorough inspection of the residence.

The problem has come to light in recent months after many families, who were placed in the homes, reported lead-related health problems.