PROVIDENCE – Pawtucket and Providence will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants to identify and address lead-based paint hazards, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Monday.
The funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Public Housing Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund program.
The Pawtucket Housing Authority will receive $1 million and the Providence Housing Authority will receive $974,400 from the program.
The R.I. Department of Health reported 80 percent of Rhode Island homes were built before 1978, when lead paint was commonly used, and likely contain lead paint. HUD also noted 70 percent of lead poisoning cases in the United States are a result of exposure to lead-based paint in the home.
“Every child deserves a safe and healthy home. Eliminating lead-based paint hazards from public housing is both a moral and economic imperative, and Congress must do its part to protect at-risk children and families,” stated Reed. “Lead poisoning is a preventable tragedy, and these grants will help prevent kids from being exposed to harmful lead-based paint hazards in their homes. This isn’t a problem that will fix itself. We must be proactive and accelerate efforts to identify and clean up lead-based paint hazards, reduce exposure and strengthen our communities.”
Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.