April 26, 2018

HUD Offers Up $100M for Lead Paint Clean Up

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HUD Offers Up $100M for Lead Paint Clean Up

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has earmarked more than $100 million in grants to aid low-income families in removing lead-based paint hazards in their homes. Lead-based paint exposure has been linked to a host of physical and mental health problems. Young children exposed are particularly vulnerable.

House paint from before 1978 may be most at risk of being lead-based.

“Since 1973, HUD has been leading the charge in lead hazard identification and abatement throughout the housing industry,” says HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “We know that there’s no more important mission than to protect our children and give them the greatest opportunity in their lives. These important grants will help keep thousands of children safe and healthy, free of debilitating lead poisoning.”

Read more: $101M HUD Grant Targets Home Health Risks

States and local communities can use the grants to establish programs to control health and safety hazards by assessing and remediating lead-based paint and other housing related health hazards, HUD notes in a press release announcing the initiative.

“The housing improvements that communities make using these grants will help prevent illnesses and injuries, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all of which help to improve the quality of life,” HUD notes in its release.

Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development