The Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles announced Wednesday that it received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce the lead-based paint hazards in L.A.’s public housing.

“We are extremely grateful to have been awarded this grant from HUD,” said Doug Guthrie, president and CEO of HACLA. “These funds will further our efforts to reduce lead-based paint in our public housing, thereby helping us to ensure our residents’ access to decent, safe, and sanitary housing.”

HACLA submitted an application for the funds in November and will split the $5 million between two properties: Estrada Courts, at 3232 Estrada St. in Boyle Heights, and Pueblo Del Rio, at 1801 E. 53rd St. in the Central-Alameda neighborhood in South Los Angeles.

Crews will replace windows at each property and conduct paint stabilization methods that temporarily reduce exposure to lead paint, including by removing loose paint, repairing defects that cause paint to deteriorate and apply new paint or protective coatings.

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