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Schumer, Gillibrand announce $6.9M in funding to remove lead paint hazards

Schumer, Gillibrand announce $6.9M in funding to remove lead paint hazards Photo: AP.

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Updated: September 21, 2019 12:14 PM
Created: September 21, 2019 11:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6.9 million in federal funding to remove lead paint in homes around the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region on Saturday. 

The senators say $5 million in federal funding will go towards the City of Rochester under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the High Impact Neighborhood Program (HIN). In addition, $600,000 will be allocated under the Healthy Homes Supplemental Fund.

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Genesee County will also receive $1.3 million in funding under HUD's Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Program. 

This investment would allow Rochester and Genesee County to continue to address lead-based paint issues in homes across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region.

"No child in the Finger Lakes Region should be forced to live in a home with dangerous lead. This funding is a critical investment to start remediation and help keep some of our most vulnerable families safe. I will continue fighting so that our communities have the federal support they need to remove lead from their homes." said Senator Gillibrand.

High Impact Neighborhood grants from HUD are awarded to cities with a high volume of older housing and low-income families to correct lead issues in their homes.


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