Aug 27, 2015
Peoria County - The Peoria City/County Health Department has been awarded $3,231,610 in Lead Hazard Control grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 3-year funding will reduce the rates of lead-poisoning to children and protect families by targeting health hazards in 180 low-income homes that have significant lead or other home safety hazards.
The Health Department thanks Representative Cheri Bustos and Senator Dick Durbin who supported the HUD grant application that cited zip codes in Peoria County with child lead poisoning levels higher than those of state and national action levels. Additional thanks to the City of Peoria for collaborating with the Health Department and committing Community Development Block Grant funds toward this project.
Gene Huber, Administrator at Peoria City/County Health Department, states, "Our Health Department has a history of success in filling critical needs in areas of Peoria County. Since 2007, we have utilized over $8.5 million in federal, state and local funds to mitigate lead and home health hazards in 661 properties, benefitting more than 600 children under the age of 6. This new HUD grant will allow us to continue our goal to eliminate lead paint and other home safety hazards to children and families."
Other grant activities will include a community-based approach to build capacity to address home hazards. Qualified contractors will receive lead-safe work practices training. Sponsored events will feature outreach and education for community partners, neighborhood associations, and local agencies on the dangers of lead paint and the importance of healthy homes.
Huber adds, "In addition to the health benefits of lead mitigation in homes, the award will help promote cost-effective lead hazard control methods that can be replicated and sustained. By integrating the lead hazard control measures with other home safety interventions, the grant will complement housing rehabilitation, property maintenance, weatherization, and energy conservation efforts."
For more information on public health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org.
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