Memphis Takes Advantage of Federal Funds to Test Homes for Lead

12/29/2015

The city of Memphis received a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Grand_Canyon_Kolb_Studio_Renovation_2013-14_(19)_-_Flickr_-_Grand_Canyon_NPS.jpgDepartment of Housing and Urban Development. This is the most recent federal grant the area has taken advantage of. Over the past twenty years, the city of Memphis and Shelby County have received $33 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds are used to help families and communities rid old buildings of lead hazards.

Old buildings are a large source of lead exposure for children. The incidence of lead poisoning in Shelby County is higher than the national average; in some areas, as much as three to four times higher. These funds are instrumental in preventing future lead exposure which can cause permanent neurological damage that affects a child's performance and behavior in school, leading to difficulties later in life.   

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