Mayor William Lantigua Announces the Award of a $3.1 Million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of Lawrence a $3.1 Million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant. This is the third time the City has been awarded the three-year competitive grant through HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control and is only one of three awarded in Massachusetts.
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 through the production of 200 lead-safe housing units for residents. According to data compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the City continues to be a high-risk community for childhood lead poisoning.
Mayor Lantigua said “the City of Lawrence has always made lead-safe housing a priority. The grant reaffirms our commitment to protecting children from the dangers of lead-based paint hazards”.
The grant program, administered by the Community Development Department, will implement innovative principles in lead-based paint hazard reduction and also provide economic opportunities to120 low-income residents through a lead worker training program. “A grant award is the ultimate validation a program can receive. I am honored that HUD recognizes the progressive approach the lead program staff has undertaken throughout the years to protect the city’s children of lead-based paint hazards through the creation of healthier housing,” said the Housing Manager, Yesenia A. Gil.
The Lawrence Community Development Department focuses on improving the quality of life in Lawrence. As the city's chief agency for community planning and urban development, the CDD oversees programs in housing, economic development, land use planning, and transportation. Among the grants that the department administers is the Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, one of the largest sources of funds to help the community. The CDD aims to enhance the physical environment and improve the quality of life for the diverse community of Lawrence. We invite you to learn more about our programs on the City’s website www.cityoflawrence.com.