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UTEP Awarded $699k HUD Grant to Reduce Lead Exposure in Children

Christina Sobin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences in UTEP’s College of Health Sciences, has been awarded a $699,911 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prevent and respond to elevated blood lead levels in children by educating their caregivers on identifying and mitigating lead hazards in their homes.

Sobin will lead the project with co-principal investigators Carla Campbell, M.D., director of UTEP’s Master of Public Health Program; William Hargrove, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM); and Ganga Hettiarachchi, Ph.D., professor of soil and environmental chemistry at Kansas State University.

The research team plans to eventually develop a manual-based strategy for efficiently identifying clusters of children currently exposed to lead in El Paso neighborhoods and motivating and assisting families to mitigate identified lead sources.

Through community engagement and education, they aim to substantially reduce children’s exposure to lead in El Paso and beyond.

“There has been great success in lowering higher levels of lead exposure in children, but there continues to be the serious problem of early chronic lower-level lead exposure,” Sobin explained. “In some ways, this is a harder problem to solve. Recent studies have estimated that there are literally hundreds of thousands of children nationwide being exposed every year, and no one has figured out yet how to manage this problem. We think we may have an approach that could work in El Paso, and maybe in other cities as well.”

UTEP is one of seven universities and public health organizations nationwide that received a grant from HUD’s Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program on October 2, 2018.

HUD awarded a total of $6.7 million in grants to improve methods for identifying and controlling residential health risks, including lead-based paint, mold, secondhand tobacco smoke, and other indoor contaminants.

For information about HUD’s Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program, click here.

City Celebrates Community Development Week

The City of El Paso will celebrate Community Development Week April 17-22, 2017 by highlighting community Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded projects aimed at improving the quality-of-life of low-income residents and neighborhoods.

“The federal funds the City of El Paso receives through the Department of Housing and Urban Development provide a much needed funding source to improve the quality of life of many low and moderate income families and neighborhoods. Without this funding many physical projects and public services would not be realized in our community making it more challenging to nurture a healthy, sustainable community,” said Verónica R. Soto, Director for the Department of Community and Human Development. “We want to invite all El Pasoans to celebrate with us these investments in our community and showcase what great work these federal funds and city staff provide to improve our shared quality of life.”

The National Anthem will be performed by Elia Esparza, contestant from NBC’s “The Voice”, at the events on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Since 1975, the City of El Paso has used over $85 million in HOME Program funding to create decent and safe affordable housing opportunities and over $384 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide essential public services, economic opportunities, street and drainage improvements, public facility and infrastructure improvements and other quality of life improvements to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

HOME’s main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, while CDBG’s main purpose is to provide a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income people.

Funded projects include parks, public facilities, housing, street and drainage improvements, and social service programs. CDBG/HOME projects change the face of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, increase recreation opportunities and enhance neighborhood pride.

The projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance the community’s quality of life while nurturing and promoting a healthy and sustainable community. The events are free and open to the public.

 

Monday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m.

YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sara McKnight TLC – 3700 Altura Avenue

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $235,390

 

Tuesday, April 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Community Development Week Proclamation

A special recognition to the Community Development Steering Committee will be held.

City Council Chambers – 300 N. Campbell Street

Wednesday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Eddy “Hirby” Beard Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Special performances by El Dorado High School Mariachi Azteca and Ballet Folklorico

Eddy “Hirby” Beard Park – 4701 Ramon Vega Lane

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $480,225

Thursday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Project Vida – New Affordable Housing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sunrise Housing – 4418 Sunrise

Investor-Owned project utilizing HOME Program funds in the amount of $2,150,000

Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Grandview Spray Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening

Event filled with family-oriented activities

Grandview Spray Park – 3100 Jefferson Avenue

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $882,300

 

HACEP Receives Award To Continue The Fight Against Homelessness

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) received a $283,000 financial award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to continue the effort of eradicating homelessness among U.S. Veterans and the public in El Paso.

The CoC Program’s mission is to strive to improve the lives of men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness throughout the country.  HACEP was selected by the CoC based on its ability to fight against homelessness through the Veterans Lodge and Siesta Gardens Communities.

Veterans Lodge, specifically tailored for U.S. Veterans at risk or who were previously facing homelessness, receives $127, 463 and Siesta Gardens, which serves those who are at risk of homelessness, receives $155,947 – both communities managed by HACEP.

These funds will allow HACEP to continue the management and operations of both communities.

“To be recognized by HUD is a great honor,” states HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon. “Receiving this award reflects the commitment we provide to assist our nation’s heroes who have fallen on hard times and to those other families and individuals that are experiencing homelessness find a place to call home.”

Veteran’s Lodge provides 15 units of project-based rental assistance through the Veteran’s Lodge Shelter Plus Care Program.   Qualified veterans and their families receive expert case management services by the El Paso Veteran Affairs Office in order to address the cause of their homelessness in an effort to return them to self-sufficiency.

Siesta Gardens is a 22-unit community in Northeast El Paso who serves individuals that are chronically disabled and homeless looking for a decent place to live. HACEP partners with Emergence Health Network whom provides Siesta Gardens’ residents on-site counseling and rehabilitative care.

The grant accepted will be put in to place to provide transitional shelter and more supportive services to achieve independent living for those suffering from homelessness.

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