The money is being awarded as part of HUD’s Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program to help protect children and families from lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards. Harrisburg’s application was one of only 14 grants awarded nationwide in this year’s competition.
“The funding announced today will support our efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in privately-owned, low-income housing units in Harrisburg,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have the City receive this grant award. I thank our Congressional Delegation and our dedicated city employees for their support in securing this grant for our citizens.”
The grant will fund lead-based paint cleanup in low-income homes over the next three years.
The funding announced today will be used to reduce health and safety hazards in low-income homes to help reduce the number of children under 6 years old who suffer from lead poisoning. The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program fills a critical need in urban communities to address substandard housing built before 1940 that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents, children.
As part of the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program award, Harrisburg also will receive an additional funding allocation to address health hazards other than lead paint removal.