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Peoria County awarded $5.6M for lead hazard control, home health hazards

PEORIA (WEEK) — Peoria County will be getting an extra boost in funding to help address lead-based paint issues and housing health hazards.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday Peoria County will receive $5.6 million of the $11.3 million awarded to state and local governments across the country to address these issues.

The 42-month funding will work to reduce rates of lead poisoning to children and to protect families by targeting health hazards in 380 low-income homes that have significant lead or other hazards, according to a release by the Peoria City/County Health Department.

The grants are provided by HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program and Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing. The goal of the grants is to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing.

“Our Health Department has a history of success in filling critical needs in all areas of Peoria County. Since 2007, we have utilized over $12 million in federal, state and local funds to mitigate lead and home health hazards in 889 properties, benefiting more than 800 children under the age of 6. This new HUD grant will allow us to continue our goal to eliminate lead paint as well as other home safety hazards to children and families,” said Monica Hendrickson, administrator of the Peoria City/County Health Department, in a prepared statement.

Other grant activities will include a community-based approach to build capacity to address home hazards, as well as provide linkages and referrals for healthy homes services.

“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “One of HUD’s priorities is protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards. These grants will help states, tribes and local communities do precisely that.”

Drew Veskauf

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