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Fort Worth receives $3.4 million HUD grant to deal with lead hazards in homes

Posted June 28, 2017

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, right, presents a check to Leticia Rodriguez, neighborhood development coordinator, and John Cain, manager of the city's construction and home repair programs.

Fort Worth will receive $3.4 million in federal funding to remove lead hazards from homes of low-income families in the city. The grant is allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will address lead hazards in housing units, to provide safer homes for low-income families with children.

Fort Worth and Houston were the only Texas cities to receive funds. The Fort Worth grant represents continued funding for an existing program that has made home repairs for 140 families in the past two years, with at least 40 more to be assisted before the end of the year.

“We are obviously very pleased and honored to be named one of the recipients of this grant,” said Aubrey Thagard, director of the city’s Neighborhood Services Department. “The awarding of this grant is evidence that the City of Fort Worth operates a program that serves as a national model and is effective in eliminating lead hazards in our most challenged neighborhoods.”

The new grant funding will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels and protect as many as 240 of the nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant programs have a proven history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents.

The funding directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income housing units.

As part of these awards, HUD is providing these Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grantees just over $14 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high-risk housing.

Learn more about the dangers of lead-based paint.

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