LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday. She was joined by Jason Mohr, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and City officials.
The grant aims to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards. HUD is providing these grants through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income families’ homes and HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.
City staff will be working with other medical and social service providers to address lead hazards in nearly 70 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children.
“Protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards is one of the Department’s agency priority goals, and the City of Lincoln, NE has made it a priority as well,” said Regional Administrator Mohr. “This is the City’s first grant with the prospect of many more to follow. HUD applauds the City’s effort to ensure that these children have every opportunity for healthy development.”
“Mitigating the risk of lead poisoning is important work as we seek to create a better quality of life for present and future generations,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “We are grateful for HUD’s support of our effort that will improve the health and safety of Lincoln’s children.”
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; supports cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards; and educates the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.
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