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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2012

City awarded three year, $2.48 million lead-poisoning prevention grant

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Lead Safe KC program has been selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive a three year grant for $2.48 million starting in May.

“This grant award will help us continue to protect young children from lead exposure,” said Scott Graybill, project manager for Lead Safe KC. “The grant also allows us to address other health and safety issues in the home.”

The grant provides resources for the Health Department to remove lead paint hazards in 172 qualifying homes. More than 20 training sessions for workers and the public will also be conducted through the grant, including Renovation, Repair and Painting training and Lead Abatement Supervisor and Worker training.

The City of Independence, Mo., and four local Community Development Corporations -- Westside Housing Organization, Neighborhood Housing Services, Blue Hills Community Services and Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council -- will be partners in the project. Additionally, a number of the home repairs will be contracted out to other local small businesses, including lead abatement and healthy homes contractors.

The City’s past success with grants of this type was a major component of the selection process. Under the previous HUD grant, which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Lead Safe KC efficiently used funds and competitive local business contracts to achieve more than 210 percent of the goal set in grant negotiations, completing major lead hazard repair work on 311 homes.

More information about the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Project Lead Safe KC may be found at our Web page, www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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