ECHA awarded $4 million by HUD to Demolish Housing Complex
Posted on September 25, 2017
Last Thursday, HUD released a statement announcing its awarding of $4 million to the East Chicago Housing Authority (ECHA) for the demolition of a housing complex that sits on lead/arsenic-contaminated soil.
The call for this demolition has been classified by HUD as emergency work, due to the limited funding the ECHA receives as well as the “unpreventable emergency endangering the lives and safety of any children, [and] the elderly and disabled residents at the site.”
The EPA reported high levels of lead in the complex’s soil. In fact, the amount of lead in the soil was recorded to be 3x higher than the EPA’s designated benchmark for safe levels of lead in residential areas.
After these numbers came out on May 27, 2016, the ECHA started vacating the complex using Housing Choice Vouchers that HUD expedited to them. The complex has been empty since June 16, 2017, when the last of the families moved out.
Now that the area is fully vacated, HUD said, “It is vital for the health and safety of the community to quickly demolish the structures on the contaminated soil so the remediation plan can move forward.”
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