Madison County officials will have nearly $2-million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct lead hazard activities over the next three-years. The Community Development department will administer and implement a comprehensive lead hazard control program in approximately 137 high-risk owner-occupied homes or rental units in the county.
The program aims to address lead poisoning, the top environmental health problem facing children. Lead poisoning can result in learning disabilities, decreased IQ and behavioral problems in children, especially those in the key developmental stage of infants to six-year-olds. The Madison County Lead Hazard Control Program is designed to provide services to low-income families who occupy pre-1978 homes throughout the county. For more information, call 692-8940.