Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart announced today that Waterloo Community Development is the recipient of a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This significant funding is part of a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. Waterloo is one of only two cities in Iowa to be awarded funding.
The grant funding announced by HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect nearly 120 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards.
“The City of Waterloo is committed to the lead remediation program and Healthy Homes radon intervention to improve our housing stock and the quality of life of all residence in Waterloo,” said Mayor Hart.
Rudy Jones, Waterloo Community Development Director will be the overall Project Director. Angie Fordyce will handle the financial aspects of the program. Matt Chesmore and Jon Martin will handle the day to day rehabilitation prjects.
Partners with the City in this grant cycle include: Black Hawk County Health Department, Waterloo Fire Rescue, Hazardous Materials Training Center, Landlords of Black Hawk County, Operation Threshold, a Community Action Agency, the YWCA / Hispanic Center, Tri-County Head Start, Peoples Health Clinic, and the Waterloo Housing Authority for assistance with education and outreach programming.
Community Development is currently accepting applications for this program.
A new partner in this year’s efforts is Waterloo Fire Rescue. The firefighters will assist with in-kind match to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the housing units. While they are at the home, educational information on fire safety will be presented to the household. The Hazard Materials Training Center will also be used as a training site.
For more information contact Rudy Jones, Waterloo Community Development Director at:
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Waterloo Community Development Office
620 Mulberry St, Suite 202
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 291-4429
Fax: (319) 291-4431