On March 23, 2012, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes announced a grant award to help reduce or eliminate lead exposure in more than 210 households within Tucson city limits.

Over a three-year period, the City of Tucson and its partners will use $2.4 million of HUD funding in combination with cash, in-kind matching, and leveraged contributions to reach a total of $4.2 million.  HUD's funding of the City's Housing & Community Development Department application for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program will identify and serve low- to very-low-income families who meet certain criteria.

Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and may even cause death at high levels.  HUD is awarding these grants as part of its commitment to help communities eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2020.

Homeowners and tenants, residing in pre-1978 units within Tucson city limits and with children under 6 years of age in the household, will be offered the opportunity to apply for lead paint inspection, identified hazard control, and lead blood level medical screening of children.  Income limits apply for applicants.  Rehabilitation grants for control of lead hazards are available in an average amount of $8,400.

The following organizations have partnered with the City to raise the overall awareness of lead paint hazards: El Rio Community Health Center, Sonoran Environmental Research Institute, Arizona Department of Health Services, Environmental Consulting Services, Inc., Applied Systems, and the Tucson Housing Rehabilitation Collaborative.

Residents who wish to apply for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program or receive more information should call Ray Quihuis at 837-5336.

Note to media: More details of the program, including income eligibility requirements and applicant criteria, will be faxed upon request.  Call Tom Ingram at 837-5345.