County Board actions: Federal grant funds county's lead abatement work

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969


$3.8 million federal grant will expand successful lead abatement program

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to accept a 27-month, $3.7 million federal grant to continue residential lead hazard mitigation in Hennepin County. Over the past 10 years, Hennepin County and partners have carried out lead abatement projects in about 4,100 homes, with the aid of $29 million in grants. The current grant will fund 400 lead inspections and create about 350 lead-safe homes. The average cost make a dwelling lead-safe is $6,500; financing varies from case to case. This grant will also address home health and safety hazards in the enrolled homes such as trips/falls, radon, and moisture.




The board approved a two proclamations at Tuesday's meeting.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Hennepin County Board of Commissioners hereby proclaims October 4-10, 2015, as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Hennepin County, and urges all citizens of the county to make a difference by learning about mental health and what it means to live with a mental illness, being there for friends, family members, and others in need, and raising awareness of mental health issues to improve the chance of recovery for people who have a mental illness.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Hennepin County Board declares October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to reflect on abuse in area homes, its implications and positive ways to assist victims, and to recognize those members of our community devoted to making homes safe havens, and these officials join U.S. and world leaders in recognizing domestic violence as a human rights concern and declare that freedom from domestic violence is a human right toward which state and local governments should aspire on behalf of all of the citizens they serve.


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