Milwaukee gets $3 million grant for lead paint removal


From Journal Sentinel:

The City of Milwaukee received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to remove lead paint from 600 homes.

HUD gave Milwaukee another $400,000 to address other safety hazards in 60 homes.

The grants target low-income households with children. By eliminating lead poisoning, HUD and the city want to prevent sick days from school and work, reduce health care costs and improve quality of life for these families.

Mayor Tom Barrett wrote in a statement, “We have worked steadily to reduce the lead paint threat, and, over the past 12 years, the number of Milwaukee children with elevated lead levels has dropped dramatically. This new grant will help us continue our efforts.”

In 2015, the city found that 11.6% of children under the age of six tested positive for lead poisoning. This is up from 10% of children in 2014, though down from 38% in 2003.

The city will work with Vendor Service Contracts, the Housing Authority, and workforce development partners to make the improvements.

Milwaukee is one of 15 local governments nationally to receive HUD funding for reducing home-related hazards. HUD awarded $46.5 million in total.

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