ADPH grant will address environmental and safety risks in low-income homes

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville mother of young children is upset about her apartment complex. She says she and her children are getting sick from the mold where they live.

Resort management told her there was not much they could do as there was mold in the air and that they would have to speak with the owner to get rid of the problem.

“The smell is getting stronger and you can actually smell the mold in my kids’ room. My kids might have long-term health issues,” the woman told News 19.

After her landlord told her the problem was due to air quality, she says she sent her complaint to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

ADPH says the problem is so severe and widespread in all low-income communities that they have had to apply for what is called the Healthy Homes Production Grant through the US Department of Housing and Development. urban, to eliminate environmental and safety risks, and to help building owners help some of Alabama’s vulnerable and underserved communities.

“It could be as simple as a handrail on a staircase going up into the house. But we will address some issues. Water issues or you may know old broken wooden windows and things like that too. But it allows us to use $10,000 per home that qualifies for these environmental hazard repairs,” explained Steven McDaniel, Indoor Air Quality and Senior Branch of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The ADPH says they don’t force landlords to fix the problems, but many of the tenants facing health issues are part of the black belt region, an area of ​​focus for lawmakers. State.

“If we come across a home that has young children and high blood levels are an issue, we’ll mediate that lead-based paint,” McDaniel said.

ADPH says the grant money will focus first on counties that do not receive HUD funds, including northern Alabama counties.


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