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Salt Lake County announces the creation of the Lead Safe Salt Lake Program

The Salt Lake County announces the creation of the Lead Safe Salt Lake Program is a program has come to Salt Lake County!

This program provides grants to low and moderate income households who live in homes and apartment units built before 1978 and who have children under the age of six or where children under the age of six visit a home often (60 hours a year) to remediate lead based paint hazards.

If your house or apartment was built before 1978, there is a high likelihood that it contains lead paint.

If the home or apartment was built before 1940 there is about a 90% chance that there is lead based paint in the housing unit.

Lead-based paint can break down because of age, poor maintenance, or household repairs and create environmental home health and safety hazards.

The Risks: Children who are lead poisoned are 7 times more likely to drop out of school and 6 times more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system the Salt Lake County of the Lead Safe Salt Lake.

Learning disabilities that can affect children who have been lead poisoned include: violent, aggressive behavior, speech delays, Attention Deficit Disorder, hyperactivity, diminished IQ, hearing and memory problems, and reduced motor control and balance.

Lead poisoning’s effects on adults include: 46 percent increased rate of early mortality, 16 to 19 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, depression, reproductive problems, and complications related to osteoporosis.

To be eligible for assistance a household must have a child under the age six living in the housing unit or who visits often (60 hours a year), or a household member is pregnant.

The homeowner household income needs to be at or below 80% of Area Median Income.

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