On Saturday November 2nd, 2103 Moline Public Library hosted a Lead Control open house benefiting the Quad Cities Healthy Homes Coalition. Among the various stations was a free lead screening for children between the ages of 6 months to five years of age as well as lead program applications and approval on site.
Lead poisoning, the number one environmental illness affecting children, is caused by lead based paint in older homes built before 1978. The most common exposer to lead by children is through the ingestion of paint chips and contaminated dust from deteriorated or disturbed lead based paint in older homes.
The City of East Moline is accepting applications for lead based paint hazard control program as part of a grant from the department of housing and urban development.
City Administrator Cole O’Donnell stated “The home has to be built before 1978. If you have a child under the age of six who spends more than 200 hours a year in the house you should apply. It can be grandma’s house. You don’t have to own the house it can be a rental unit. Arrangements can be made with location landlords to make all the necessary arrangements.”
Qualified applicants receive free windows, doors, siding and exterior/interior painting. Applicants must meet income guidelines set by HUD., which Mr. O’Donnell says can be found on the City of East Moline’s web site. Guidelines are based on household size (Total persons in the household) and total income.
Mr. O’Donnell added that he believes the program benefits a wide range of people and encourages the Latino community to apply.
You can download the application here: