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City receives $2 million to address health risks in low-income homes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The city of Springfield announced that it has just received a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its grant program for the production of healthy homes.

Officials said the Healthy Homes program aims to identify health and safety risks in the homes of low-income families, protecting children and families whose income is at or below 80% of the income level. median of the region. The focus is on eliminating significant lead and health risks.

“The success of our community is based not only on economic development, but also on our ability to provide safe and healthy homes for our families,” said Mayor Jim Langfelder. “This work, led by our Office of Planning and Economic Development, is essential in our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of our residents, our neighborhoods and our workforce.

According to officials, the Healthy Homes Grant Program takes a holistic approach to addressing multiple childhood illnesses and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related risks. The program builds on HUD’s successful lead hazard control programs to expand the department’s efforts to address a variety of high-priority housing health and safety hazards, such as mold and dampness. , poor indoor air quality, pests, carbon monoxide, injuries and safety. dangers in addition to lead-based paint.

“Springfield has more than 3,500 rental units built before 1940, making the city one of the largest areas downstate in need of lead remediation and healthy homes,” said Krista Kolis , operations coordinator for the city’s planning and economics office. Development. “These funds will be used to improve the living environment of 135 priority low-to-moderate income, single-family, owner-occupied and rental housing units (1-4 units) across Springfield over a 42-month period.”

This is the second HUD grant to the city of Springfield in six months to address lead and health risks in homes. Last August, the City received $3.4 million to address lead hazards and healthy home risks in 169 housing units, to provide safer homes for low-to-middle income families. with children.

The City is working on program guidelines and implementation strategies for both programs. The goal is to make applications available to families interested and eligible for the Lead and Healthy Homes and Healthy Homes Production grant programs by March.

For more information regarding this award, including other communities, visit HUD website.