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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 22, 2005

More than $3 million in HUD grants will support lead prevention

The Health Department received a $2.74 million grant on Wednesday for Project Lead-Safe KC from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This money will be used to help eliminate lead hazards in privately owned, low-income housing units.

An additional $287,669 grant was awarded for lead outreach efforts to educate parents, property owners, and others about how to protect children from lead hazards.

“We are excited to be able to continue to reduce lead hazards in homes in Kansas City,” said Marty Galutia, manager of the Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

The Health Department has already participated in three previous rounds of this grant by assisting property owners with correcting lead hazards in nearly 1,700 housing units.

“Lead poisoning prevention is vital to protecting health, especially in our children,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “Grants like these allow us to correct lead hazards and reduce the problems associated with high lead levels, such as learning disabilities, hearing problems and neurological disorders.”

    
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