Kenosha County awarded Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant

The Kenosha County Health Department, in partnership with the city of Racine, has been awarded a $2,480,000 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant.

The program will conduct a wide range of activities to protect children and families from dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. The grant funding will clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 140 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning.

Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood. Through these grant programs, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint. Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.

The funding directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. These funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. To expand the reach of HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program. HUD is also helping communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

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