The grants will fund lead safety training for workers, clean up of lead in almost 6000 homes and raise awareness of the risks of lead poisoning in children. You can read about those risks on our blog HERE.
The Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Jon Gant, says, “You can’t be healthy if your home is sick. HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part of our efforts to help make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”
Grant recipients include:
The City of Long Beach will work with the Multi-Family Housing Inspection Program and Neighborhood Services as well as other local nonprofits to identify and reduce home hazards for 580 families.
The City of Richmond will work with the Neighborhood Preservation Program, the Contra Costa Health Services Department, Brookside Community Health Center, the City of San Pablog and the County Housing Authority to identify and reduce lead exposure in 200 housing units.
The San Diego Housing Commission will be working with many partner organizations including: the County of San Diego Health Department, the San Diego Housing Commission, SDHC and the City of San Diego Lead Safety & Health Housing Program, among many others, to provide safer housing in 165 units.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 24 million homes in the US are contaminated with lead based paint, even though its use was banned in 1978. These grants are critical to reducing the hazards of lead paint for low-income housing. Other US states are also receiving grants. For contact information regarding the Long Beach, Richmond and San Diego programs, please click HERE.
If you need lead-paint removal in your home or other structure built before 1978 in California, Alliance Environmental Group has the trained professionals to eliminate the health hazards that come from lead contamination safely and completely. Contact us for a consultation!
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