Lead Safe Roanoke looks to protect 60 more homes from lead paint hazards

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Lead Safe Roanoke, a grant-funded program designed to reduce lead poisoning in Roanoke City homes, is looking for more applications.

“It’s 100% preventable if you know what to look for and you’re aware of the situation,” said Marla Robertson, outreach coordinator for Lead Safe Roanoke. 

“Be your own advocate, get the information. No one wants to get sick from this when it’s 100% preventable.”

The program is funded by a $2.7 million grant, and funding is available for at least 50 to 60 more applications. 

Applicants must be a Roanoke City resident with a home built before 1978, have children under the age of five living inside the home, meet the minimum income requirements, and cannot live inside a flood plain. 

If you qualify, contractors will come to your home and take care of the lead contaminants free of charge.

“We really want to make sure families here are healthy, and not plagued by this problem,” said Robertson.

“It only takes a small bit of lead paint, about a fingernail clipping, to start lead poisoning.”

Experts say 86.7% of homes in the city have portions of lead paint that can be harmful to children under the age of five. Some risks of lead poisoning include brain damage, kidney damage, behavorial problems, coma and death.

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