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The City of Danville has received two federal grants totaling more than $1.6 million that will be used to assess up to 100 homes for lead hazards and remediate 83 homes.
The City will match the grants with $145,231 in federal funds.
The City applied for a lead hazard reduction grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD awarded the City $1.23 million, and it was accompanied by a Healthy Homes Grant in the amount of $400,000.
These grants and the local match will be used to help address lead hazards in homes constructed prior to the outlaw of lead in interior products in 1978. Since the city has many homes constructed prior to this date, it qualified to apply.
Earlier this month, Community Development Director Kenny Gillie told the City Council that the City has been applying for this grant for a number of years. “Now that we’ve been successful, it’s anticipated we will be able to get future funding,” Gillie said.
Gillie says they’re modeling their program on one that’s been successfully adopted in Roanoke. “We believe there are more than a hundred houses in the city that suffer from lead,” Gillie explained to City Council.
Gillie says crews will be go beyond focusing on lead paint. “It can be removal; it can be painting over. It’s both interior and exterior,” Gillie added.
Earlier this week, the City Council adopted a budget amendment to anticipate the additional funds.
In other matters, the City Council voted at its meeting Tuesday night to: