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State to get $3.1M in lead paint funding

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, January 18, by Howard Weiss-Tisman “BELLOWS FALLS — The Lead Safe Homes program at Parks Place will receive its funding for the next three years after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the latest round of grants for lead paint programs across the country. Vermont will receive $3.1 million over three years after HUD handed out $127 million in grants to 48 local projects that protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint in older homes. Parks Place Director Barbara Ternes said the HUD grant pays for most of the organization’s Lead Safe education programs and the administration has been waiting to hear about the latest round of funding. “We were hoping for this,” said Ternes. “This will have a big impact on our programs.” Lead Safe Homes, which offers a number of educational programs to home owners and contractors, will receive $90,000 over three years. Even though Parks Place has been receiving the HUD lead paint money for a number of years, Ternes said the organization can never fully count on the federal money until it is announced. “Things are very tight all over,” Ternes said. “There have been budget cuts on the state and federal levels and so this is a great relief.” The HUD money is expected to clean up lead paint and other hazards at 11,000 homes across the country, train workers in lead safety methods and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning…” Full Story: State to get $3.1M in lead paint funding. PDF of Story: State to get $3.1M in Lead Paint Funding. Additional Coverage: VPR News, Lead Program Awarded $3.1 Million Grant.

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