Cook County gets grant to fund lead-paint removal from suburban homes
Cook County recently accepted a three-year, $2 million Lead Hazard Reduction Grant to remove lead-based paint from high-risk residences in outlying suburban areas in compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations.
The County Board of Commissioners authorized the funding, with plans to target homes perceived to be at the greatest risk for lead poisoning in Cicero, Berwyn, Blue Island, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Dolton, Maywood, Riverdale and Robbins.
"The risks associated with lead-based paint are well known," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. "I am pleased that our Cook County agencies have put together a program and secured funding on this important health and safety issue."
Cook County’s Department of Public Health and the Bureau of Economic Development intend to administer the grant in tandem with the county’s Residential Resilience Program, which worked with the department on acquiring the funds and mainly assists with flood recovery.
Families owning single-family homes (one- to four-unit structures) will be eligible to receive one-time sums, provided they meet HUD qualifications. Lead poisoning poses dangers to young children and pregnant women in particular; exposure can alter learning abilities and physical, mental and social development, causing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.