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Posted on: July 20, 2016

City of Jackson to Receive $1.2 Million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Funding


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday announced that the City of Jackson will be awarded $1.2 million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $150,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding.

The City of Jackson is a first-time recipient of the funding and was the only municipality in the state to receive it.

The city will address and remediate lead-based paint and other housing related health hazards in a total of 86 eligible low-income units in the county. The City, with its partner, GHHI, will work with the Mississippi Center for Justice, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Excel By 5 Mississippi, Mississippi Housing Partnership, and the South Central Community Action Agency, South Central Community Action Agency and Mississippi Housing Partnership.

“I would like to thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for providing our City with the funding to address an issue that not only impacts children in Jackson, but across the country,” said Mayor Tony T. Yarber. “This supports our City’s efforts to ensure we have a healthy community. The funding comes at a time when few other resources have been available to protect children and families from these hazards. Decades of research have proven that children in lead-impacted environments suffer disproportionately mentally, physically, and emotionally.”

HUD awarded more than $52.6 million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grants to 23 local and state government agencies. The grant funding announced Wednesday will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 2,800 low-income homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. The Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program has a demonstrated history of success, filling critical needs in urban communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents.

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