Somerville, along with Malden and Brockton were three Massachusetts communities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep families and children safe from lead-based paint and other home, health and safety hazards. “Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home.” Carson stated. “A healthy start at home translates to a successful life outside of the home. HUD is committed to working with local communities to eradicate lead paint poisoning to make sure our homes are safe and ensure positive outcomes for families and their kids.”
Lead paint hazards are hazardous more commonly for children 6 or under. In Massachusetts it is the law, whether you are renting or buying a home you are disclosed with the lead law notification that indicates if knowledge of lead based paint is present if the house was built before 1978.
“Millions of families and children are seeing their hope for the future threatened by poor health simply because of where they live,” Jon L. Gant, director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, stated. “This round of funding includes awards to eight cities that are receiving grant awards for the first time. We are pleased the program is expanding into these previously unserved communities.”
According to HUD over $127 million was granted to 48 state and local government agencies nationwide and will reduce the number of children with elevated blood levels, as well as protect nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health hazards.