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Bucks County Pursues Federal Funding to Launch Lead Hazard Reduction Program

August 7, 2018

Bucks County’s Office of Community and Economic Development has applied for a $2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes to launch a county-wide lead hazard reduction program. The county’s intention is to build capacity to address lead based paint hazard control, reduce housing related health hazards, and ensure impacted families are connected to healthcare resources.

The county has a total of 34,273 homes constructed before 1940. With the aging housing stock comes an increased risk of exposure to lead hazards for many families throughout the county. Through the county’s Rental and Owner Occupied Rehabilitation programs, the county has renovated low to moderate income housing and improved the lives of households county-wide for more than 40 years. Through these efforts, the county has become well-informed of the risks associated with lead exposure and understands the prevalence of these hazards in the community. This program will fund county-wide lead hazard reduction activities in eligible owner-occupied and rental properties.

Bucks County will continue to pursue cost-effective ways to reduce lead hazards throughout the community. This collaborative effort of the county’s Office of Community and Economic Development, Housing Services, and Health Department will commit staff time and matching resources to ensure the strength of the Lead Reduction Program.

“The County of Bucks is interested in supporting initiatives that ensure the safety, enhance the health, and improve the quality of life for all Bucks County residents,” said Robert Loughery, Chairman of the Bucks Board of Commissioners. “This important initiative aligns with that priority.”

For additional information or questions about this new initiative, please contact Meghan Kincade, Program Coordinator, Bucks County Office of Community and Economic Development at 215-345-3842.