For Immediate Release
July 9, 2012

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

KDHE Healthy Homes to Exhibit at Fiesta Mexicana

Lead-Based Paint Remediation Program Now in Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan.—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Healthy Homes program will staff an informational exhibit at this week’s Fiesta Mexicana beginning Tuesday evening in the neighborhood around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 201 NE Chandler in Topeka.

KDHE will be on hand to discuss how local area residents may qualify for low- or no-cost lead-based paint remediation work to be performed on their homes. The assistance to be provided to homeowners will target older homes where families with young children reside as part of a larger effort to eliminate lead poisoning in Kansas.

The work is funded through a lead-based paint hazard reduction grant provided to KDHE by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

“Young children are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning, which is closely associated with lead-based paint on older homes. Lead is dangerous and can cause serious permanent damage and result in learning disabilities in children,” said Tom Langer, director, Bureau of Environmental Health.  

Properties and residents who qualify may have improvements performed on the properties to permanently remove high risk lead hazards. KDHE hopes to assist at least 50 homeowners in the Topeka area. Improvements to properties will be performed by licensed lead-abatement contractors and may include replacement of old windows and doors, installation of exterior siding and lead-based paint stabilization.  

For more information about this opportunity for property owners, KDHE encourages interested persons to stop by the exhibit, visit the KDHE Healthy Homes website at www.kshealthyhomes.org, or call 785-296-5606.