The City of Moline is the Responsible Entity (RE) who will serve as the central location (department) for this Illinois Quad Cities $2,400,000 Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program and will be responsible for ensuring program compliance among the Illinois Quad Cities Healthy Homes Coalition (Coalition). The Coalition members carrying out the objectives in this new lead grant opportunity include four local neighboring governments: City of Moline, City of Silvis, City of East Moline and the City of Rock Island; one Community Housing Development Organization, Project NOW and the Rock Island County Health Department.
Lead poisoning is a leading environmental illness of children and is caused primarily by lead-based paint in older homes. Although substantial progress has been made in recent years, the State of Illinois maintains one of the highest rates in the nation for the number of children with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL’s). Most recently, the State of Illinois reduced the EBLL threshold from 10 µg/dL to 5 µg/dL. The most common exposure to lead for children is through the ingestion of paint chips and contaminated dust from deteriorated or disturbed lead-based paint in homes built before 1978.
Up to $2,240,000 dollars will address lead based painthazardsand $160,000 dollars will be used to assist with Healthy Homes Supplemental (HHS) activities for the promotion and development of healthy housing that will substantially reduce the number of households with health and safety hazards, while preserving the quality of the current housing stock. Examples of possible HHS items include: water supply, electrical hazards, structural collapse and tripping hazards.
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