PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Health officials in Peoria say they’re in dire need of grant money to eliminate lead hazards in more than 200 homes.
Greg Chance is administrator of the Peoria City/County Health Department. He tells the Journal Star that Peoria County has a high-level of lead-poisoned children. The county’s three-year federal grant for the Lead Hazard Control Project runs out in September.
Peoria County officials say they’ll apply later this week to a new Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program for more federal funding.
Officials have used nearly $2.5 million during the current grant period to complete about 210 projects on homes. That includes replacing or enclosing lead-based paints in siding, windows, trim and porches.
Chance says he’s hoping the county’s good work removing lead hazards earns it more grant money.