Steil Joins HUD, Kenosha County Officials to Announce $4.4 Million to Provide Safe, Healthy Homes for Southeast Wisconsin Families

October 29, 2020
Press Release

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN—Today at a press conference in Kenosha, Congressman Bryan Steil announced a $4.4 million grant for Southeast Wisconsin to eliminate lead paint from low-income homes. Steil joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan, HUD Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery, Kenosha County Human Services Director John Jansen, and Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit at the Kenosha County Job Center for the announcement.

“Every child and family in Southeast Wisconsin deserves to live in a safe, healthy, lead-free home. Today is the result of federal officials listening to Southeast Wisconsin’s needs and providing resources to support our community. This investment provides resources to help the most vulnerable across Kenosha and Racine Counties. Everyone deserves to know their children are not at risk of lead exposure. I will continue working to remove the risk of lead paint in low-income homes and help protect Wisconsin families,” said Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01).

“Today, we are renewing our commitment to improving the lives of families, and especially, their children by creating safer and healthier homes,” said HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson. “At HUD, one of our main priorities is to protect families from lead-based paint and other health hazards, and these grants will help states and local communities do precisely that.”

Kenosha County was awarded $4 million under the Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program and an additional $400,000 in Healthy Homes for a total of $4.4 million.  The Kenosha County will address lead hazards in 204 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. As the fiscal agent, Kenosha County will also be working collaboratively with the City and County of Racine alongside other medical and social service providers.