Kansas City awarded $2.9 million grant to help fight lead poison - KCTV5

Kansas City awarded $2.9 million grant to help fight lead poisoning

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At least 150 families will have a safer home in Kansas City, but health officials say the lead poisoning problem is still at a very dangerous level. (AP) At least 150 families will have a safer home in Kansas City, but health officials say the lead poisoning problem is still at a very dangerous level. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City was awarded a grant of almost $3 million to help fight a toxic, and potentially deadly, problem.

The money will help at least 150 families have a safer home but health experts say the lead poisoning problem is still at a very dangerous level.

“It’s a huge problem in Kansas City," said Amy Roberts, who works in Environmental Health Services for Kansas City. "Almost 80% of the homes in Kansas City were built before 1978 and that makes them high risk for having lead paint hazards."

That means about 84,000 homes that still have lead paint. In the past 20 year, they’ve been able to remediate about 2,500 of those homes.

With the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant of $2.9 million, another 152 low-income, family-owned homes will be stripped from lead this year.

The grant will also help test children for lead poisoning. Although it may seem like a lot of money, health experts say it only goes so far.

“It’s a drop in the bucket for the amount of high risk housing we have in Kansas City but it’s something it helps us move forward although the steps are really small," said Roberts.

To see if your home is eligible for free remediation, click here.

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