September 16, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Grant for the Housing Authority of Gallup, New Mexico

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,000,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, N.M. to assess risk, inspect, abate, examine and control lead-based paint in public housing establishments with at least one family with a child under six, at playgrounds, and at child-care centers within the public housing project.

“Breathing or inhaling lead-based paint is a serious danger to children and expectant mothers,” Udall said. “In addition to other symptoms, it can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, learning disorders, behavioral problems or difficulties in pregnancy. The public housing units in New Mexico should be a safe haven for our families and this grant will help to accomplish that mission.”

“High levels of lead in water supplies and from lead-based paints can cause dangerous, irreparable health effects, especially for children. I welcome this critical funding to help the City of Gallup ensure that all of its public housing units are safe for New Mexico families who live in them,” said Heinrich.

“It is unconscionable that families have to worry about lead-based paint contaminating the air they breathe – especially in public housing. We have a responsibility to prevent major health implications caused by lead contamination, and I am glad to see this significant federal investment go towards addressing this major issue,” said Luján.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 25 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in public housing units constructed prior to 1978.