Toledo Receives $2.9 Million HUD Lead Grant
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Director of Neighborhoods Bonita Bonds and federal HUD officials shared details today about a $2.9 million grant that will help provide lead safe environments for Toledo families. The City of Toledo has been awarded a $2.5 million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant and $400,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding.
Pamela E. Ashby, Director of HUD’s Cleveland Field Office explained that HUD awards Lead- Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) and Healthy Homes grants to local governments in a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. Ms. Ashby said “We now know…lead poisoning is one of the greatest environmental threats to children.” She further thanked Mayor Hicks-Hudson for “leading the way with your continued stewardship to this cause and to the City of Toledo.”
“Toledo is a leader in the state in creating a new law to prevent lead poisoning in the City, and is working toward lead safe homes for all of our children. This is very welcome news that we have now received support from HUD to help protect Toledo families from lead-based paint hazards,” said Mayor Hicks-Hudson.
The grants will support programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards for income-eligible owners who live in their homes and privately-owned rental properties with income-eligible tenants. Neighborhoods Director Bonita Bonds said that the City is partnering with multiple organizations that will make referrals to the Department of Neighborhoods as they encounter potential applicants. However, Bonds said that people may begin calling the Department of Neighborhoods now at 419-245-1400 to inquire about the grant resources.
The City of Toledo appreciates the following organizations who will partner with the Department of Neighborhoods to funnel applicants for the Lead Grants:
· Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
· Neighborhood Health Association
· Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio
· Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
· Toledo Public Schools (Head Start and Early Childhood)