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Housing Help in Gallup

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Developmen­t (HUD) has awarded $1,000,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, NM to assess risk, inspect, abate, examine and control lead-based paint in public housing establishm­ents with at least one family with a child under six, at playground­s, and at child-care centers within the public housing project.

“Breathing or inhaling lead -based paint is a serious danger to children and expectant mothers,” said Senator Udall. “In addition to other symptoms, it can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, learning disorders, behavioral problems or difficulti­es in pregnancy. The public housing units in New Mexico should be a safe haven for our families and this grant will help to accomplish that mission.”

“High levels of lead in water supplies and from leadbased paints can cause dangerous, irreparabl­e health effects, especially for children. I welcome this critical funding to help the City of Gallup ensure that all of its public housing units are safe for New Mexico families who live in them,” said Senator Heinrich.

“It is unconscion­able that families have to worry about lead-based paint contaminat­ing the air they breathe – especially in public housing. We have a responsibi­lity to prevent major health implicatio­ns caused by lead contaminat­ion, and I am glad to see this significan­t federal investment go towards addressing this major issue,” said Representa­tive Ben Luján.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Developmen­t is awarding $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 25 states to identify and reduce leadbased paint hazards in public housing units constructe­d prior to 1978. ●●● Vintage Ads for Entertainm­ent Only

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