A $1,563,106 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help Bucks County address a longstanding issue of lead in homes. The grant, announced Wednesday, is expected to reduce lead in 200 housing units.
Bucks County has an estimated 111,000 homes built prior to 1978. This is the year the federal government banned lead paint.
Homes built between 1960 and 1977 have a 24% chance to have lead issues, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A staggering 69% of homes built between 1940 and 1959 will have lead paint.
The Bucks County Office of Community and Economic Development will oversee the use of funding. County Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery was excited for the opportunity to help those in low-income housing.
“The County of Bucks is interested in supporting initiatives that ensure the safety, enhance the health, and improve the quality of life for all Bucks County residents,” Loughery said. “This important initiative aligns with that priority, and we are pleased to invest in lead-remediation activities to further ensure the availability of safe housing.”
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also commended HUD for looking out for Bucks County residents.
“Every family, and especially children, deserves to live in an household free from contaminants and lead hazards,” said Fitzpatrick. “This grant will protect Bucks County families by targeting and eliminating hazards that harm their overall quality of life. This is an investment not only in our community but in the health of our families.”