City Awarded Grant to Address Lead Paint in Certain Homes

The City of Tucson is getting a $2.9 million federal grant to help an estimated 180 low-income homeowners with children under the age of six abate lead paint hazards from their homes built before 1978. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

The City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will implement the three-year program with a number of community partners. Details are still being worked out as to how eligible homeowners can apply for the grant money.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reports 70 percent of Tucson is within high risk zip codes where children should be screened for lead poisoning.

For general information about the grant, please contact Program Director Ray Quihuis at (520) 837-5336 or Ray.Quihuis@tucsonaz.gov.

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