On Friday, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) was awarded $5.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the county’s Lead Free Homes LA Program.
The Federal award is part of a nationwide effort to address lead-based paint hazards and provide safer homes for low- and very low-income families with children.
“We are honored to receive this grant from HUD and to partner with the Department of Public Health on the Lead Free Homes LA Program,” said LACDA Executive Director Emilio Salas. “Through our partnership, we can work together to decrease negative health outcomes among persons with limited means, especially children and pregnant women, that are directly attributed to lead-based paint hazards.”
The LACDA, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, operates Lead Free Homes LA which is intended to mitigate lead-based paint hazards in residential properties located in targeted communities.
With the additional $5.7 million, the program will expand to include multi-family properties in targeted communities located in the 1st and 2nd Supervisorial Districts that are overburdened with environmental hazards.
“This funding is critical in strengthening the impact of the County’s Lead Free Homes LA Program,” shared Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “I am proud to support LACDA and the Department of Public Health in raising awareness of Lead Free Homes LA to help to protect our most vulnerable residents who face daily exposure to lead poisoning.”
For more information about the initiative, or to contribute a donation to the cause, visit Lead Free Homes LA’s official website or call (626) 296-6302.