Lead Safe Kenner offers grants of up to $12,000 to remediate lead-based paint hazards from homes and rental units built before 1978 in the City of Kenner and occupied by children and pregnant women, and to vacant units that will be affirmatively marketed as family-friendly, lead-safe rentals. Additionally, the program can offer up to $5,000 for its Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) to protect children and their families from housing-related health and safety hazards. The Healthy Homes Program expands the Lead Safe Kenner program to address a variety of environmental health and safety concerns including: mold, lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, pesticides, and radon.
The Lead Safe Kenner program is a result of grant funds awarded to the Jefferson HOME Consortium of $3.3 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), for which the City of Kenner has been allocated $1,100,000. The current Lead Safe Kenner grant period is January 2020 through June 2023.
HUD’s funding requires the City of Kenner to target and serve approximately 50 low to very-low-income families with children under six years of age— residing or frequenting owner-occupied or rental housing built prior to 1978 to address unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children. The program is designed to assist owners of single and multi-family dwellings and investor owners of properties 1-4 units with two or more bedrooms.
Goals and Objectives
1. We will eliminate and/or control all identified lead hazards in 50 housing units for low to very-low-income families with children under six years of age.
2. We will conduct recruitment and training of minority and low-income lead contractors and workers.
3. We will conduct outreach programs in the training faith-based and grass-roots organizations.
4. We will provide opportunities to participants in the training programs.
5. We will also implement programs that will effectively increase the number of children screened for lead poisoning by working closely with the Health Department and other working partners.
6. We will develop a fair housing initiative by conducting workshops and training seminars to housing providers—both public and private, civic and community-based organizations, as well as City and Parish officials.
7. Finally, we will provide lead training and awareness in the City of Kenner and on a regional basis involving the areas of the Jefferson HOME Consortium.