Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Offers Families a Chance to Get the Lead Out
Grants available for lead hazard reduction for city of Green residents
AKRON, OH. – Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc. announces an opportunity for homeowners with children under the age of six to receive lead abatement services on their homes.
Lead Hazards in homes are still a serious problem in our cities. It affects more than a million U.S. children. Throughout Summit County, various government agencies and community nonprofits continue our battle against it.
The City of Akron, as the lead funding agency, is using a $4 million federal grant to help decrease the dangers of lead based paint in homes in Akron and neighboring communities within Summit County.
The City of Green is partnering with Rebuilding Together in this effort and we encourage eligible families to apply for assistance and to raise awareness on the issues of lead paint poisoning.
In children, lead poisoning causes learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech delays, mental retardation, aggressive behavior, and in extreme cases can lead to death. The most common pathway for lead poisoning is deteriorating lead-based paint, usually found where there is chipping and peeling paint especially on older windows, doors and trim, walls, porches and siding.
To address this reality, we are partnering together to continue to improve older housing in our high risk neighborhoods. We have to help keep families in a healthy, safe environment by reducing lead poisoning in the home. This isn’t only for today. This helps future generations of our children to be healthy.
During the grant’s three-year run, the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program has helped train contractors to receive required State licenses and enlist contractors to remove lead paint hazards in homes of families with young children.
The partner agencies of Rebuilding Together, the City of Green, and the City of Akron take applications and provide grant funding to income eligible homeowners in amounts of up to $7,500 per housing unit. The program provides assistance for single family homes as well as two to four-unit dwellings.
Eligibility means a household must include children under 6 years of age, or a pregnant mother. Household income cannot exceed 80% of the median income. For a family of two, the eligible income would not exceed $42,600; for a family of four the eligible income would not exceed $53,200.
To obtain an application, contact Rebuilding Together at 330-773-4100 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place, and gulf coast reconstruction.
For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley
Rebuilding Together has been operating in Summit County for 15 years, utilizing the support of thousands of volunteers and serving more than 1,800 homeowners. Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley continues to generate support for low-income families, the elderly, the disabled, members of the military, and veterans and their families by providing home repairs, improvements or modifications. To find out more about Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, how to refer a family or how you can help, please visit www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org or call 330-773-4100.
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