Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- Lead paint is dangerous to children and the City of Henderson is making it a priority. They just got a federal grant to test and remove lead paint from older houses, and it's free.
The paint says it all. This house is contaminated with lead, a huge risk to children and unborn babies. And that's horrifying to expecting parents Eddie and Barbara Whitney. "I was in shock. But I as also really grateful that they found it so they could take care of it. It's a good thing."
The Whitneys took advantage of a program offered by the City of Henderson where experts will test your home for lead, and clean it up for free. Gilbert Medina oversees the program. "One of the most important things is the house has to be 78 and must have a kid under the age of 5 or a pregnant mother living in home. They can be a renter or owner."
Henderson received a $2.5 million federal grant for this program. Now the search is on for homeowners or renters who need the work done like the Whitneys, who will stay in a hotel for part of the cleanup. That too, is covered by the grant money.
In the end, this property will get new doors and door jams, and mold cleaned up around the bathrooms inside, and on the outside they'll get new stucco, adding value to the home. A home makeover is nice but the priority is making it safe before May when baby Ann is expected to arrive. "Our baby. That's what's most important. So having a safe environment for her."
Call the City of Henderson if you have a home built before 1978 and you want them to test your home for free. There are also some income qualifications, but they'll walk you through all of that when you call.
The grant runs for 3 years, so don't wait to call if you think your house may be contaminated.