For Immediate Release
January 11, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


Media Advisory – Lead Safe KCK Program Kickoff Breakfast

On January 17 at 9 a.m., Lead Safe KCK, the Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will host a kickoff breakfast for the 2007 grant cycle at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave.,
Kansas City, Kan.

Lead Safe KCK has been awarded a nearly $3 million Lead Hazard Control grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will allow for lead-based paint hazard remediation in 265 Wyandotte County residences, and continued child lead screening activities.

The following people are scheduled to speak:

At 10:30 a.m., a media tour will begin. The featured site will be the first home to be assessed for lead hazards under the new grant. The residence is located at 830 Quindaro, Kansas City, Kan. Lead Safe KCK staff and lead abatement contractors will be at this location. Directions for traveling to this location will be given as the breakfast wraps up.

The goals of Lead Safe KCK are to reduce lead hazards in homes built before 1978, identify children who have lead poisoning, provide training for lead abatement contractors, increase the ability to address lead-based paint hazards, and to educate Wyandotte County residents about lead.

Wyandotte County residents who wish to apply for Project Lead Safe KCK services or who would like more information should contact Cory Lambrecht or Matt Martinek at
913-262-0796. For information about childhood lead poisoning prevention in Kansas, please visit www.kshealthyhomes.org.

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