Grant aims to get rid of lead-hazards in Mid-South homes
By Eryn Taylor and Shay Arthur, http://wreg.com/
The federal government has awarded Memphis with a grant the city said not only helps make the city healthier, but provides jobs.
A $3.7 million grant will be implemented over three years to reduce lead-hazards in homes.
Homes built before 1978 were commonly painted with lead based paint.
Lead can cause permanent brain damage and damage to other organs, especially to children.
The city hopes to remove lead from 240 houses in 12 targeted zip codes.
“I’m very happy about it,” said Janice Taylor.
Taylor has been running Joshua’s Learning Tree, a daycare off Lamar in South Memphis for years.
Soon a sign in front of her building, warning of possible lead will be removed after she coordinated with the city to help rid the building of lead.
“It made us be more involved with the community, with our parents,” explained Taylor. Read more