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City of Las Vegas offering to reduce lead-based hazards for free

The City of Las Vegas and UNLV are partnering to assess and remove lead-based hazards from low-income households at no cost to homeowners. (MGN Online)

The City of Las Vegas, along with the Health Sciences Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is assessing older homes for hazardous lead.

Once assessments are complete, the city will work to remove hazards for low-income residents, especially those with small children.

Houses and apartment buildings with six units or less within the city limits are eligible for assessment and remediation.

Homes built before 1978 are more likely to have lead paint throughout the house.

Las Vegas Community Services Director Kathi Thomas-Gibson said, "We have strategic priorities to revitalize older neighborhoods and preserve affordable housing, as well as improve the educational outcomes of at-risk children."

Thomas-Gibson says children exposed to lead hazards do not perform as well at school as who are children not exposed.

The program, which is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the federal Housing & Urban Development Office, expects to help a total of 85 households as well as educate the community about potential lead-based hazards.

For more information call 702-229-5935 or visit the city’s website.

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