Durbin Announces More Than $2.4 Million to Protect Winnebago County Families from Lead Hazards

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will award Winnebago County $2,492,455 to control lead-based paint hazards in low-income homes with children. Today’s funding will allow the county’s health department to address hazards in 150 housing units, protecting families from dangerous lead exposure. A total of $52,645,790 was awarded nationwide today as part of HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program and Healthy Homes Supplement.
“We know the damage lead can do to developing brains, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, can grow up healthy and reach their full potential,” said Senator Durbin. “Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, and this investment will make sure that families in Winnebago County are protected from this health threat.”