City of Fresno Honored by DuPont, U.S. Mayors Conference for ‘Get the Lead Out, Fresno’ Program
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that the City of Fresno’s “Get the Lead Out, Fresno” program received an Award of Excellence as the first-place winner in the Lead-Safe … For Kids Sake grant program sponsored by DuPont and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The City will receive a $100,000 grant for receiving the award.

The award is given to communities for proposing and/or demonstrating excellence in implementing effective solutions to making their community lead safe.

“We are grateful for the recognition by DuPont and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the additional resources to help us with our efforts to prevent and remediate lead poisoning, particularly in neighborhoods in our urban core,” Mayor Swearengin said. “This grant will play an integral role in helping us achieve healthy homes and a higher quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

The City will use the grant funding to target outreach, lead prevention and remediation activities to working families that reside in the City’s downtown core neighborhoods and fall within 80 to 120 percent of poverty. These “working poor” families have a slightly higher income than the City’s existing funding sources will cover, but do not make enough to make the necessary improvements to their homes. All of these are within the lead “hot zones” as defined by the concentrated occurrences of lead poisoning.

Through “Get the Lead Out, Fresno,” qualifying units have children under the age of six, and the units must be pre-1978 homes or housing units.

Fresno was one of four winners announced during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 81st annual meeting.

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