Langhorne, PA– Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) today announced that Bucks County will be awarded $1,563,106 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding. This grant will enable the County to address lead hazards in 200 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The County will also collaborate with other medical and social service providers in these efforts.
These grants are provided through HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing. This grant is part of a record investment by HUD to protect children and families from lead-based paint and health hazards. Many of the grantees across the country will work to clean up lead hazards in Opportunity Zones.
“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “One of HUD’s priorities is protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards. These grants will help states, tribes, and local communities do precisely that.”
“Every family, and especially children, deserves to live in an household free from contaminants and lead hazards,” said Fitzpatrick. “This grant will protect Bucks County families by targeting and eliminating hazards that harm their overall quality of life. This is an investment not only in our community but in the health of our families.”
“The County of Bucks is interested in supporting initiatives that ensure the safety, enhance the health, and improve the quality of life for all Bucks County residents,” said Robert G. Loughery, chair of the Bucks County Commissioners. “This important initiative aligns with that priority, and we are pleased to invest in lead-remediation activities to further ensure the availability of safe housing.”
“HUD understands the close connection between health and housing,” said Matthew Ammon, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “This year, HUD is awarding a record number of awards to jurisdictions to directly support their efforts to identify and clean up housing-based health hazards like lead and mold.”
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; supports cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards; and educates the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.