The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children.
Senator Collins is the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee and worked to secure this funding for lead hazard reduction programs. Senator King was also aggressive in his support for this bill.
“We are grateful to Senators Collins and King for their leadership in addressing the pervasive issue of lead poisoning, and thrilled that the City will have greater resources to address and prevent this problem; a problem that disproportionately impacts children in low-income households,” said Mayor Ethan Strimling.
Because Portland’s housing stock is relatively old, children living in such housing are at high risk of lead poisoning. Exposure over time to even small amounts of lead can severely affect mental and physical development. The greatest risk is to brain development, where irreversible damage may occur. Higher levels can damage the kidneys and nervous system in both children and adults. Very high lead levels may cause seizures, unconsciousness and possibly death. Lead can also harm an unborn child, so pregnant women or women likely to become pregnant are also at risk.
“We are excited to have these funds available. In conjunction with our Housing Rehab program, we will be able to make a real difference in the health and safety of Portland’s housing stock,” said Mary Davis, the City’s Housing and Community Development Division Director.