Woonsocket awarded $4M from feds to address lead paint

WOONSOCKET HAS RECEIVED a $4 million federal grant to fund lead remediation efforts for homeowners and renters. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
WOONSOCKET HAS RECEIVED a $4 million federal grant to fund lead remediation efforts for homeowners and renters. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket has received a $4 million federal grant for lead abatement, Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced Thursday along with Rep. David N. Cicciline, D-R.I., and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

The grant will allow Woonsocket to partner with two nonprofits, Childhood Lead Action Project and the Community Action Agency of Providence, to fund lead-remediation efforts for homeowners and renters. The funds come from the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city already received a $1 million grant to address lead paint in public housing earlier this year.

“The safest place for any child should be in their own home,” said Whitehouse in a statement. “This federal funding will allow Woonsocket residents to eliminate the lead hazards present in some older houses so that kids can grow up lead-free and healthy.”

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The announcement also comes on the heels of the announcement of $8.4 million in federal funds allocated to the state to address lead paint hazards.

HUD found that 70% of lead poisoning cases in the United States are the result of exposure to lead-based paint hazards in the home, typically in homes built before 1978.

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