For Immediate Release
September 16, 2011
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Mayor Menino today announced that the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) was awarded a $2.4M grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the Lead Safe Boston program. Specifically, $2.3M will be used to abate lead-based paint hazards in 175 housing units in the city’s low and moderate income neighborhoods while $100,000 will be used for a Healthy Homes component in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC.)
DND through its Boston Home Center division will administer these funds as a financial and technical resource for Boston homeowners, while partnering with the Boston Public Health Commission, Inspectional Services department, and the Mass Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
“Boston continues to lead the way on housing issues, and this latest funding award is a great affirmation of our work,” Mayor Menino said. “Despite the challenge of being a city with older housing stock and weather extremes, we continue to make great progress in the reduction of childhood lead poisoning in Boston. This money will allow us to make more homes safe and healthy for Boston families. I want to encourage folks to utilize these important resources, and help us eliminate this preventable disease.”
Lead Safe Boston is a partnership between city agencies, public health departments, non-profit organizations and faith-based groups that has over the past 18 years used a combination of federal, state and local resources to address lead-based paint hazards in more than 2,400 housing units. The City, in conjunction with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Suffolk County Housing Court, other public and non-profit partners, faith-based groups, and HUD has created an infrastructure to address lead-based paint as a cause of lead poisoning in children and undertaken an aggressive community outreach and education campaign to increase awareness of the severe risks of lead in the living environment.
Mayor Menino also recognized the support and leadership of Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, and Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch for their role in bringing these resources to Boston.
Residents who are worried about lead paint in their home should call the Boston Home Center at 617.635.HOME or visit www.bostonhomecenter.com.