Saginaw receives $3.1M lead paint-fighting grant

by WOHe

SAGINAW – Jan. 13, 2011; Saginaw County will receive $3.1 million in federal funds to eliminate lead-based paint hazards from “at least” 240 houses in the city of Saginaw.

Pamela Pugh Smith, Saginaw County Health Department’s community health improvement director, said her organization “exhausted quite a bit of energy in securing those funds” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Smith said she was unable to release specifics about the initiative until she receives further confirmation from federal officials.

U.S. Rep. Dale E. Kildee, D-Flint, said he urged the federal department to grant the money.

“Lead can have devastating impacts on the development of young children, and its continued presence in homes, in our communities poses a serious health risk,” Kildee said in a statement.

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