Jamestown, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas announced $2,196,257 in federal funding for Chautauqua County for the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program.
This funding, provided by the Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, will help Chautauqua County clean up lead-based paint hazards, focusing on improving living conditions of lower income families.
“This is a tremendous healthcare victory for the people of Chautauqua County, specifically for those in low-income housing where lead paint and dust is still prevalent,” said Congressman Higgins. “Too many children get lead poisoning each year which can go undetected and lead to learning disabilities and other health problems, and this is the first step in the right direction to end that. Chautauqua County families deserve to raise their families in safe and healthy environments. This funding will assist with preventative measures, elimination of existing lead-based hazards and education— so that we can move from fear and unnecessary sicknesses to arming the community with the tools they need to keep children healthy.”
“I am extremely pleased that Chautauqua County has been awarded this major $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said County Executive Thomas. “Our County, in partnership with the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC), has worked diligently over the years to address lead-based paint hazards in our older housing stock. This grant will help us improve the living conditions of many of our County residents and further enhance our targeted education activities about the hazards of lead-based paint. These types of activities enhance the quality of life for all our citizens and are specifically targeted at helping children.”