|Denver awarded $2 million grant for lead-based paint abatement program
Federal funds to expand Denver’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, targeting homes located in low-income neighborhoods
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials today presented $2,026,698 in Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Programs funding to benefit Denver. The grant supports HUD’s goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning by controlling lead-based paint hazards in privately owned housing.
HUD Regional Administrator Rick Garcia today presented a ceremonial check to Denver officials at a Globeville neighborhood home to be served through the program.
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) led a collaborative effort with Northeast Denver Housing Center, Groundwork Denver, Energy Outreach Colorado, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Veterans Green Jobs, the Neighborhood Development Collaborative, National Jewish, Denver Housing Authority, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) to reduce lead hazards in qualifying homes in Denver. OED, the grant recipient, has partnered with Northeast Denver Housing Center, the Program Manager and contracting agent, since 2000 to offer the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program to Denver residents.
The program will provide education on the danger of lead-based paint to more than 7,500 people, conduct blood lead screening tests for 2,000 children and control lead hazards in 120 housing units while coordinating with other home health and safety solutions for Denver families.
“Together with the Northeast Denver Housing Center, we’re proud to build upon our past successes in educating lower-income residents on the dangers of lead-based paint and ultimately reducing the incidence of lead poisoning,” said LaCharles Keesee, OED executive director.
Other hazard control efforts in Denver include the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, which is led locally by DOSP and includes participation by Northeast Denver Housing Center and OED. Denver is one of 14 pilot communities participating in this program, which provides healthier, safer and more energy efficient homes to the City’s most vulnerable families.
The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships provided grant writing assistance for this grant through Randall Funding and Development, a leader in non-profit grant writing and research. DOSP helps City agencies and nonprofit organizations in Denver receive grants by pairing organizations with grant researchers and writers. Over the past three years, DOSP has garnered approximately $30 million in grants for the City and County of Denver and local nonprofit organizations.