The city of La Crosse has received a state grant of more than $350,000 to finance lead abatement programs in local homes.
The council finance committee is endorsing a plan to accept the grant money from the state health department.
“We intend to serve 12 households,” said Kevin Clements from the city planning department. “We have made it a three-year forgivable loan, and with these funds we will also be able to train contractors in being lead abatement contractors.”
Clements says four cases of high lead levels among children have been identified this year in La Crosse, which is about average for recent years.
Children who have elevated lead levels, often from exposure to lead paint in old houses, would be eligible for treatment under Badgercare or Medicaid.