FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2009
Health Department notified of HUD grant award
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will receive federal funds to continue its fight against childhood lead poisoning. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control contacted the Health Department in writing earlier this week with the information.
The Health Department’s initial application for approximately $3 million was approved, but funding was not available at that time. The letter stated that the funds are now available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and declared an intent to negotiate and obligate the funds to the Health Department before April 15, 2009.
This funding will support Project Lead-Safe KC, which hires local lead-abatement contractors to safely remove lead from residential homes and apartments, decreasing the risk of exposure and poisoning of the children and other residents.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has been partnering with HUD on this project since 1997. Property owner and contractor applications are available online at http://www.kcmo.org/health.
The program also provides free blood lead testing for children and pregnant woman by appointment. To schedule a free lead test or for more information on the project, call (816) 513-6048.
Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).