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Fort Worth receives $4.7 million HUD grant for lead hazard reduction

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

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Funding will help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards caused by lead-based paint.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $165 million to 44 state and local government agencies in 23 states to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.

Fort Worth will receive $4.7 million to help reduce lead-based paint hazards. The city will address lead hazards in 234 housing units, providing safer homes for low- and very low-income families with children. In addition, HUD awarded $700,000 for housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint. The city will provide services in conjunction with other medical and social service providers.

Fort Worth has provided lead removal services to Fort Worth households since 2014 when it received its first HUD Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant. The new grant award allows the program to continue uninterrupted for another three years.

HUD is providing these grants through its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income families’ homes. These grants also include more than $17 million from HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental Funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.

“These investments will protect Fort Worth families and children by targeting significant lead and health hazards in low-income homes for which other resources are not available,” said Victor Turner, director of Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department. “We plan to work with Fort Worth-based medical and social service providers to conduct outreach to at-risk neighborhoods and improve access to lead testing for children.”

Neighborhood Services Department staff members who worked on the grant submittal include John Cain, Maria Corrales, Eric Vodicka and Rhonda Hinz.

Learn more about the City of Fort Worth’s Lead-Safe program.

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