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Henderson and UNLV Partner to Eliminate Lead-Based Paint

UNLV and the city of Henderson announced partnership to rid homes of dangerous lead-based paint.

The city and the university have received a $2.3 million grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The school's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is working with the city's Neighborhood Services Division to find and eliminate lead-based paint from houses.

The grant will allow the team to address lead hazards in 80 homes and conduct assessments in another 50 homes over a three-year period.

The program is free to Henderson residents, both homeowners and renters, who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently live in a home built before 1978
  • Have a least one child who is 5 years old or younger, or a pregnant woman lives there or a pregnant woman visits frequently
  • Total family income less than 80 percent of area median income with is $51,750 for a family of four

Dust which is contaminated with lead is the primary cause of lead exposure, which can be especially dangerous in children. Lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height and impaired hearing.

If lead is found in the home, applicants will get no-cost lead hazard control services.

Besides fighting lead, a portion of the grant will go towards fixing other preventable health issues within homes, including:

  • Asthma triggers like mold, cockroaches, pests and dust
  • Poisoning hazards like improperly stored medicine, chemicals and cleaning supplies
  • Unintentional injuries like trip hazards, repairing stairs and smoke detectors

To find out if you qualify, call 702-895-5422 to speak with a Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes Specialist.

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