In an effort to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $139 million to 48 city, county, and state governments. The grant funding will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in approximately 6,500 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards.

As part of this initiative, the City of Dubuque will be awarded $2,999,968 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding and $581,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funds to address lead hazards in 120 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments and complete health and safety improvements in the same 120 units.

The efforts in Dubuque will be a collaboration among the City’s Housing & Community Development, Health Services Department, Office of Sustainability, Fire Department, and Police Departments together with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, Crescent Community Health Center, Operation: New View Community Action Agency, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Green AmeriCorps, and Dubuque Community School District.

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