MASON CITY, Iowa – Local homeowners will soon have resources available to help protect them from lead in their homes – thanks to a new grant.
The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has been awarded a 3-year lead-based hazard control grant.
The funding will be used to prevent lead poisoning in children living in low income housing where elevated lead levels are detected.
Jenna Willems, healthy homes program manager, says the grant is going to have an impact.
“In Cerro Gordo County, we have a lot of old homes more so higher percentage than the state rate even and for that reason a lot of these homes have lead paint in them and they have deteriorating lead pant because they’re old homes,” says Willems.
They hope to use the grant money to make 48 homes in the county safer to live in.