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City of Bridgeport requests HUD release $2.5 million in funds

July 9, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — The City of Bridgeport is working to address possibly hazardous lead problems and educating residents and landlords about the risks of lead poisoning.

The city submitted a request Saturday to receive more than $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to deal with hazardous lead problems.

The grants would work through a three-year period of time. Should HUD release the funds to the city, they will be used for lead hazard control reduction activities and possible necessary rehabilitation on residential properties.

A program, called Bridgeport Lead Hazard Control, will be implemented throughout the city.

“(It will) address the prevalence of lead-based paint in its older housing stock and to encourage the creation of healthy, lead-safe housing in Bridgeport,” a statement from the city said.

With the request, the city would also receive the Healthy Homes Supplemental grant award, in the amount of $375,000; and a Community Development Block grant, in the amount of $25,022. This will push the total funds to $3,200,022.

Through the other two grants, low-income properties that meed HUD guidelines could receive smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, pest control management and safety locks install at the cost of around $1,500 per unit.

An Environmental Review Record that documents the environmental determinations for this project, is available at the City of Bridgeport Health Department at 999 Broad St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Any individual, group or agency may submit written commends on the ERR to City of Bridgeport Health Department, Bridgeport Lead Hazard Control, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Conn., 06604.

HUD will consider objections to the release of funds to Bridgeport for 15 days, following the submission day of July 6.

More information about the release of funds can be found at https://bit.ly/2ucAhtd.