Vice President Joe Biden tours South Los Angeles housing project
Vice President Joe Biden toured a South Los Angeles housing project today and announced that nearly $100 million in federal stimulus funds will be made available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint and other health hazards from low-income homes.
“This is a particular plague that adversely hurts children under 6,” Biden told a crowd of residents and community leaders gathered in the courtyard of the Esperanza Community Housing Corp. He was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Simms.
“If our goal is to leave our communities better off than we found them, better off for those who come after, then we have to reduce lead paint in the home and educate families about the hazards that exist.”
About $17 million will come to California to help improve 1,800 homes. The Esperanza organization will receive about $875,000 to continue its work abating lead paint in South Los Angeles communities.
-- Carla Rivera
Photo top to bottom: Romey Galindo, 8, and her brother Tyler, 6, show their room to Vice President Joe Biden and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Their apartment building, formerly a health hazard because of lead paint, has been rehabilitated by the Esperanza Community Housing Corp. Romey and Tyler wait for the visit by Vice President Biden. Vice President Biden gives Tyler a lift following a visit to the youngster's home. Vice President Joe Biden shows his limousine to Tyler. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times