(CNS) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the city of Long Beach $2.4 million to rehabilitate homes with lead-based paint, city officials said yesterday.
The grant money will be used over the next three years to improve about 185 low-income housing units.
Interim City Health Officer Mauro Torno said the city has a large number of pre-1950′s homes, which might have health risks such as lead-based paint, pest infestation and mold. “These HUD programs assist in identifying public health risks in the home and removing or controlling them,” Torno said.
About $180,000 of the grant will be directed to the city’s Healthy Homes Program to reduce housing-related environmental hazards contributing to asthma and allergies.
The city will target homes in downtown, central and North Long Beach.
Long Beach Lead Program Coordinator Michael Netter can be reached at (562) 570-4484 for information about lead hazard control or to report potential problems.