SHELTON, Conn. -- The Naugatuck Valley Health District, which includes Shelton, has been awarded $2.9 million in federal grants to protect families from lead paint and other home health hazards.
The announcement of the grant from U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty, all Democrats.
"Lead poisoning can cause devastating and irreversible damage, especially to our nation’s children,” Blumenthal said. "By addressing lead hazards head-on, this critical federal grant will help ensure that Naugatuck Valley children and their families are growing, playing, and learning in safe, lead-free homes."
The Naugatuck Valley Health District will be awarded $2.5 million in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $400,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to address lead hazards in 118 housing units and provide safer homes for low-income families with children.
“Lead can cause serious damage for children and families, and unfortunately the risk of lead poising spikes in the summer,” said Murphy. “Now is the time to remove old pipes and lead paint so families can feel safe in their homes.”
Naugatuck will partner with Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Connecticut Citizen Research Group, the Hartford and the Yale-New Haven Regional Lead Treatment Centers as well as various local governmental agencies and community organizations to implement the program.
“Connecticut’s homes are some of the oldest in the nation and are at an alarmingly high risk for having lead paint,” said DeLauro. “There is no ‘healthy’ level of lead for the human body and we must act to address this issue.”
“We spend a lot of time and energy worrying about threats from outside,” said Himes. “But, sometimes, the threats from inside are the most insidious.”
“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about their kids being poisoned by pipes or paint in their own home, and they certainly shouldn’t have to go into debt to protect their children,” Esty said. “These grant funds will help protect potentially hundreds of Connecticut families from the lifelong health impacts of lead exposure.”
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