In a continuous 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.
“Every child in Phoenix and their families should have a safe, healthy and lead-safe home,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “This award will help Phoenix continue to build partnerships, raise awareness and address lead hazards for thousands of residents across our city.”
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. The program and its partners will collaborate to increase awareness of the connection between health and housing, remedy health and lead-based paint hazards within city of Phoenix communities, and educate the community about the importance of maintaining healthy and safe living spaces.
“It is so crucial that every child be given all the opportunity to perform their best in school and in life, and this begins with living in a healthy home,” said Neighborhood Services Director, Chris Hallett.
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.
In addition, the Lead Safe Phoenix Program has trained and provided Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Supervisor, Worker, and Risk Assessor certifications to more than 600 individuals and local abatement firms. Furthermore, the program has conducted education and outreach activities on the effects of lead hazards and the association between health and housing to more than 30,000 residents.
For more information on Lead Safe Phoenix Program, visit phoenix.gov/NSD.