Press Release – May 28, 2013
Mayor William Lantigua Announces
HUD Award of a $2.5 Million Lead Hazard Control Grant
To City of Lawrence
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the City of Lawrence a $2.5 million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant. This is the fourth time the City has been awarded the three-year competitive grant through HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.
The grant will allow the City to continue to carry out a mutual effort with HUD to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a major public health problem by creating lead-safe housing units for Lawrence residents. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has determined Lawrence to be a high-risk community for childhood lead poisoning because of the age and composition of its housing stock. This grant will allow us an opportunity to further our efforts to eliminate this designation. The grant reaffirms the support and confidence HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has in the leadership that Mayor Lantigua has have given to the City’s efforts to protect children from the dangers of lead-based paint hazards.
The new grant, administered by the Lawrence Community Development Department, will rehabilitate 160 housing units, implement innovative principles in lead-based paint hazard reduction, and provide economic opportunities for low-income residents through a lead worker training program. Community Development Director James Barnes commented, “I am very proud of the work our staff did writing the grant application and their excellent administration of the current grant. Our lead program has helped so many Lawrence residents improve their houses and make them healthier places to live.”
The Lawrence Community Development Department focuses on improving the quality of life in Lawrence through housing, open space, and infrastructure rehabilitation and development, as well as with economic development, public health, and social service programs. Learn more about programs on the City’s website www.cityoflawrence.com.
For questions or further information, please contact James Barnes, Director City of Lawrence Community Development Department at 978-620-3510.