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HUD Announces Free Training on Lead-Based Paint Regulations.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Mel Martinez recently announced free nationwide training to help comply with the new lead-safe housing regulation. HUD's lead-based paint regulation, which was promulgated on September 15, 1999, and became effective on September 15, 2000, imposes new lead safety requirements on certain housing units receiving CDBG and HOME assistance.

Cities are adversely impacted by the new regulation because the lead-based paint clean-up requirements have raised the rehabilitation costs per unit of residential housing, resulting in the rehabilitation of fewer units with CDBG and HOME funds. NLC is currently working with officials from HUD and other housing practitioners to determine the added costs of this new regulation in order to alert Congress and request adequate funding for lead-based paint clean-up that does not ultimately drain limited resources from the CDBG and HOME programs.

In the meantime, HUD will be providing free nationwide training on how to work safely with lead-based paint in publicly assisted housing during routine maintenance and painting, as well as housing rehabilitation. The courses are designed for property owners and managers, maintenance workers, painters, and rehab contractors working in federally assisted housing built before 1978. HUD is sponsoring 200 training classes in over 100 cities nationwide, and cities should encourage their contractors to participate in these courses.

Any personnel who are directly involved with conducting maintenance or rehabilitation activities on properties receiving federal assistance should attend. However, participation by government and housing program employees, administrators and grantee administrative staff will be limited because other training classes on program administration are being offered.

Details: A list of the locations and dates of these training courses can be found at: www.leadlisting.org. To register for these free courses, visit: www.leadlisting.org, or request a fax registration form by calling HUD's Lead Paint Compliance Assistance Center toll-free at 1-866-HUD-1012.
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Author:Shrum, Scott
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 19, 2001
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