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Grant helps inspect, rid lead from homes

In an ongoing effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the city of Phoenix a $2.9 million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant.

The city’s Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) will use the grant funds to address lead-based paint hazards and provide healthy homes assessments and repairs over the course of the three-year grant. In addition, NSD will continue to collaborate with its partners in education, public health and city agencies. The goals of the program are based on NSD’s commitment to improve residents’ health and safety by promoting energy efficient and healthy design in construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of housing in our communities.

Since 1995, the city has received nine Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grants funded by HUD to address lead hazards in privately owned housing.

“The Lead Safe Phoenix Program has existed for 20 years and our team has tested and assessed more than 2,200 homes, conducted lead remediation and Healthy Homes activities in more than 1,800 homes and provided services to more than 2,700 children,” Lead Safe Phoenix Program Manager Laura Smith said.

For more information, visit www.phoenix.gov/NSD, and click on the “Other NSD Programs & Services” tab, then select Lead Hazard Control. There you will find eligibility requirements for homeowners who would like to apply for the service.

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