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Dept. of Planning & Community Development
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/2/14
City of Atlanta Awarded 2nd HUD Grant for Prevention of Lead Poisoning Among Children
New round of federal funding will expand program to more homes with children under age 6 living in pre-1978 housing
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced this week that the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the city’s lead hazard control program, Lead Safe Atlanta. The program, which launched in 2011, is designed to identify housing built before 1978 where lead-based paint is present and reduce a child’s exposure to it. In children under age six, lead has been linked to several behavioral and health risks, including aggressive behavior, hearing loss, hyperactivity and learning disabilities.
“The safety and well-being of children and families is a key priority for my Administration,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Through strategic community partnerships we surpassed our goal to locate and treat 120 housing units. I’m very pleased to report that Lead Safe Atlanta was able to reach a combined total of 130 homes and apartments when we launched the initiative three years ago.”
DPCD’s Office of Housing managed the City’s first ever housing program with a $2.1 million HUD grant. “Not only were we able to assist 75 families in the city of Atlanta, but we were also able to educate thousands of citizens about the harmful effects of lead among children,” said Terri M. Lee, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Planning and Community Development. “And we took this program a step further and offered job training to citizens in areas where older housing stock exists,” said Lee.
Here’s a summary of Lead Safe Atlanta’s success by the numbers:
Total No. of properties completed 130
# of Owner Occupied 100
# of Rental 30
# of Families Assisted 75
Outreach Events 120
Persons Educated about Lead Hazards 5,000
Persons Trained to Detect Lead Hazards 20
HUD grants will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in nearly 7,000 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards. In addition, some of these grants will support research on increasing the effectiveness of hazard reduction methods. These programs have a demonstrated history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents, and filling research gaps essential for being able to reduce hazard reduction costs.
The funding announced this week directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. HUD is also providing over $11.4 million to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high risk housing simultaneously, in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.
About the Department of Planning and Community Development:
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, and housing preservation and assistance services and programs.
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