Waterbury Gets Money to Protect Children & Families From Lead Paint

Home with lead based paint peeling (Image: Shutterstock)
WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Waterbury is getting a federal grant to help protect children and families from lead paint.  The city is getting a share of more than $48 million in funds the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released.  The money is to help protect children and families from the dangers of lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the funding.  It’s part of the agency’s mission to help children and families obtain quality housing by protecting them from home health hazards including lead paint.  “Every family deserves to live in a safe and healthy home where they can see their children thrive and excel,” Castro said. “A healthy home is vital to the American Dream.”
Waterbury’s Mayor is looking forward to making some changes with the money.  “This grant is welcome news for Waterbury, where we have been very proactive in educating our residents of the dangers of lead-based paints,” Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary said.  The City already maintains a list of nearly 200 residential units that have been deemed “lead safe” by health officials.


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