Bayh Announces $7.4 Million for Home Safety in Indiana
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Bayh Announces $7.4 Million for Home Safety in Indiana

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Washington, DC – May 18, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Evan Bayh today announced that Indiana will receive more than $7.4 million in economic recovery funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep Hoosier children safe by removing lead-based paint in homes and preventing other common health hazards.

The City of Gary and Elkhart County will each receive three million dollars in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grants, a program that safely removes lead-based paint from privately-owned and low-income housing.  Lead ingestion poses a serious health risk, including stunted growth and kidney damage, to children under the age of six.

More than $1.4 million will go to the Memorial Hospital of South Bend and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County in Healthy Homes Demonstration grants to develop and promote preventive measures that correct safety and health hazards in homes. Past projects have addressed common safety risks in homes, including fireplaces, insect allergens and indoor molds.

In making the announcement, Bayh said, “As a parent myself, I know how important it is to keep homes healthy and safe for our children.  This funding will help Hoosier parents protect their kids from common health hazards like lead paint and indoor molds.”

A full list of the funding is below.

Applicant Program Amount
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program $552,388
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Inc. Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program $552,388
City of Gary Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program $3,000,000
Elkhart County Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program $3,000,000
TOTAL   $7,426,953
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