Pottstown Homes Benefit From Lead Hazard Grant

POTTSTOWN PA – Lead and other health hazards that exist in housing owned or occupied by low-income families with children age 6 and younger in the boroughs of Pottstown and Lansdale are expected to be remediated with the help of a $1.8 million grant presented Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2019) by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money received by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services if a first-time award that is part of more than $314 million was awarded to 77 state and local government agencies nationwide. The county was one of only six grantees in Pennsylvania.

The county has more than 163,000 homes built before 1978, which it said potentially puts their inhabitants at risk for lead exposure. Its goals for the money are to control lead-based paint hazards and reducing housing-related health hazards, build workforce capacity of lead certified contractors, and ensure that families affected by lead hazards are connected to health resources.

On the county level, a public health nurse assists parents with strategies to help reduce a child’s lead level, and keep it from increasing. An environmental health specialist identifies lead hazards in the home, and also conducts an environmental investigation and works with property owners to remediate any lead hazards.

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