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Henderson Making Homes Safe and Healthy Through Removal of Lead-Based Paint

May 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – With a child on the way, expecting parents Eddie and Barbara Whitney decided to take advantage of a city of Henderson program to remove lead paint and protect their unborn child.

Last week the remediation of lead paint from the exterior and interior of the downtown Henderson home was completed marking the first major project under the Neighborhood Services Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program.

“I was really grateful that they found it so that way they could take care of it,” Mrs. Whitney said.

The city was awarded $2.3 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to reduce lead-based paint hazards in homes with children or pregnant women.

The adverse health effects of lead exposure in children are well described and include intellectual and behavioral deficits, making lead exposure an important public health problem, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The program is free to Henderson residents – both homeowners and renters – who meet certain criteria including the home was built prior to 1978, a child aged 5 years old or younger live in the home or frequently visits the home or an expectant mother lives in the home. The family income must be less than 80 percent of the area median income which is currently $49,200 for a family of four.

The city is looking to address lead hazards in 80 homes over the next three years and is looking for applicants. Once approved, an inspection is done of the homes checking for lead-based paint.

There have been several inspections and smaller projects completed since grant was approved in August 2013; however the Whitney’s home provides a great example of the work that can be completed to make homes safe and healthy for children.

The exterior of the home was covered with lead-based paint. The work lasted about 45 days at a cost of about $15,000 to remediate the lead-based paint and put stucco up over the exterior. Inside the home, the doors and doorframes were replaced along with some mold removal at a cost of about $6,500. All the costs were paid for by the grant.

“Our baby, that’s what is most important to have a safe environment for her,” Mr. Whitney said.

Additional information is available at cityofhenderson.com/lead or call the City of Henderson Neighborhood Services Division at 702-267-2000.

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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with nearly 280,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and Liveability.com), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the top six safest cities in America (Forbes, InsuranceProviders.com, Law Street Media, Movato.com), and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

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