Standing outside a City Heights home recently upgraded to make it safer, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the City of San Diego has received a $3.4 million grant from the federal government to help improve the lives of residents in neighborhoods throughout the city.
The city has an estimated 310,000 homes built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was banned for residential use throughout the country. The grant will be used to eliminate lead paint and other hazards in those homes … The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used by the City’s Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program, which prioritizes homes in which children under the age of six reside or frequently visit … Lead-based paint can become a hazard if it is peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking or heat-damaged because that allows the toxic lead to be released into the home environment … Children under the age of six are at higher risk for lead poisoning because their bodies absorb more lead and their hand-to-mouth activities increase exposure. Even small amounts of lead can have severe effects on a child’s nervous system and can also cause brain damage, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and reduced muscle and bone growth … Grants ranging from $4,500 to $10,000 per unit will be available for owner-occupied residences and rental housing. Eligibility for the program is based on family size and income … For more information, please contact the City’s Lead Safety & Healthy Homes Program at (858) 694-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to sdhealthyhomes.org.