Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls and clearance examinations.
“No parent should have to worry that their children are being poisoned by the paint in their home. But for far too many families in Baltimore, this is a real concern – and ingesting even tiny amounts of lead can cause lifelong harmful health effects in children, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system,” the Members said. “This funding will help combat this issue, and we will keep fighting to ensure that kids are safe and protected.”
The HUD grant will help identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in Baltimore public housing units constructed before 1978 that have at least one family with a child under the age of six living in the unit. It will also help remediate lead-based paint hazards at playgrounds and child-care centers that are part of the public housing development. This latest federal grantmaking effort comes after a $4.1 million federal grant announced in December to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in Baltimore City housing units.