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HUD Awards Phoenix with $3.4M to Protect Children and Families from Lead and other Home HazardsHUD Awards Phoenix with $3.4M to Protect Children and Families from Lead and other Home Hazards<div class="ExternalClassD134EF0FBC74478385913E64FE4EAEBF"><p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $3.4 million to the city of Phoenix to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">The funding will be used to address lead hazards in 190 housing units, which will provide safer homes for low- and very low-income families with children.  The Lead Hazard Control grant also will provide funding for the city to perform healthy homes assessments in 160 units.  In addition, city staff continues to collaborate with its partners in education, public health and city agencies.</p><p style="text-align:left;">"This grant will continue our work to make sure that Phoenix children have a safe, healthy and lead-free home," said Mayor Greg Stanton.  "I'm grateful to the city's Neighborhood Services Department staff and our representatives in Congress who helped secure these funds." </p><p style="text-align:left;">"Providing children a safe place to live is a priority and these funds from HUD ensure that our children have a healthy place to call home," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, chairwoman of the City Council's Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee.  "This announcement comes as we are getting ready to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (during Oct. 19-25), which will focus on the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects."</p><p style="text-align:left;">To help secure this federal grant that benefits Phoenix residents, letters of support were submitted by Reps. Ed Pastor, Kyrsten Sinema and Raúl Grijalva.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Since 1995, the city has received eight Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) grants funded by HUD to address lead hazards in privately-owned housing.  The city's Lead Hazard Control Program has remediated lead hazards in 1,448 privately owned, low-income housing units where children under six years of age reside.  The program also has provided significant community education for 30,966 people and trained 468 housing industry workers in lead-safe work practices.</p><p style="text-align:left;">For more information on the city's Lead Hazard Control Program, call 602-534-4444 or visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/nsd">phoenix.gov/nsd</a>.  </p></div>10/2/2014 10:00:00 PMMedia contact: Stephanie Romero, 602-261-8512, stephanie.romero@phoenix.govGeneral info: 602-534-4444