The division's Department of Housing was awarded funds to help bring awareness among Shelby County households of potential lead risks and other home health hazards. The $4,143,959 Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes Program was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with matching funds provided by the the City of Memphis' Division of Housing and Community Development. Assistance will be made available county-wide to income eligible households with small children living in pre-1978 housing units.
The Shelby County Health Department will partner in this effort by conducting the lead screening in children. Priority will be placed on assisting communities having a greater proportion of older housing stock, which is often found to have a higher rate of lead in paint and piping. Education and outreach will be conducted to help qualifying heads of households identify and address these hazards and others that could jeopardize the health and well being of young children.
The program is expected to run at least through 2024 with implementation starting next year. To learn more about this program, please contact Anita Tate, Program Manager, DPD Department of Housing at 901-222-7600.