The city said Monday that it has secured a $7 million federal grant to remediate lead from additional housing units in St. Louis.
Mayor Francis Slay said the rate of lead poisoning in St. Louis children has dropped dramatically since the city launched a campaign in 2003 to eliminate lead poisoning by 2010. The rate of lead poisoning in the city’s children has dropped 76 percent since 2001, from 16.2 percent to 3.8 percent today.
"We’ve made a lot of progress," Slay said.
Over the last five years, more than 5,000 housing units in St. Louis have been cleared of lead.
Slay said the Housing and Urban Development grant would allow the city to remediate 800 additional units over the next three years.
Peeling lead-based paint puts young children who live in older homes at risk for serious health consequences, such as learning disabilities, behavioral problems, anemia and kidney disorders.
The city’s plan also calls for testing children under age 6 annually, a challenge that requires cooperation from schools and doctors.