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  • Pima County receiving $1.65M for lead based paint cleanup efforts

    Jun 27, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima County will take a big step toward becoming a healthier community with a three-year, $1.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Home renovationintended to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards — especially in low-income households with children under age six.

    Using the backdrop of June’s celebration of National Healthy Homes Month, HUD officials announced $127 million in grants to 48 state and local government agencies nationwide through it Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program. Pima County’s $1,650,000 award extends over three years and primarily focuses on three areas: Ajo, Flowing Wells and the City of South Tucson. The County Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation’s Home Repair Services will oversee day-to-day lead analysis and the lead-based paint removal effort by certified contractors. Some funding also will cover educational and outreach activities.

    “This will go a long way to ensuring better health long-term for dozens of families in areas with lots of homes built before 1970,” said Pima County Housing Program Manager Marcos Ysmael. “It also will help ensure the health of the painters and other contractors who work on those homes.”

    In addition to the lead-based paint abatement, the grant provides $150,000 for “Healthy Homes” interventions, which clean up household hazards other than lead. 

    Pima County applied for the funding through its Grants and Data Office following months of research intended to ensure HUD officials understood the value of the investment. The application proved convincing, landing the County its first-ever grant of this type. Pima County was just one of two applicants selected in Arizona —  the City of Phoenix also received $2,900,000 for lead based paint mitigation there.

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