Imagine Englewood if, Teamwork Englewood, and Lead-Safe Chicago Continue Lead-Reduction Efforts.
Renovation, Repair and Paint (RRP) Certification Training is available to Greater Englewood residents to help remediate lead-contaminated homes.Â The pilot program, sponsored by U.S. EPA, is being offered for no charge to this community which suffers both high unemployment and one of the highest rates of lead-poisoning in the nation.Â â€œThere are still more than a quarter of a million children under the age of six impacted by lead poisoning,â€ stated Anton Martig, Section Chief, Toxics Program. Â â€œOne in 100 of those children live in the Englewood community,â€ he added.
Speaking before L.E.A.D. Parents (Leaders of Englewood Against Disparities), Imagine Englewood ifâ€™s parent advocacy group, Martig explained that the one-day renovation certification training includes a lecture on the hazards of lead-based paint, hands on training, and on-the-job training.Â The federally-mandated RRP Law applies to work in homes built prior to 1978 (unless the owner is doing the work), as well as day care centers and schools.Â In addition, window replacement workers, and anyone receiving compensation must receive the formal training.
Imagine Englewood if and Teamwork Englewood have been at the forefront of community outreach for a related program called CLEAR-Win, which is a state-funded initiative of Lead-Safe Chicago to replace old windows in Englewood homes.
Â â€œThe RRP training fits perfectly with our CLEAR-Win goals to reduce childhood lead-poisoning in Englewood,â€ stated Jean Carter-Hill, IEi Co-founder & Executive Director.Â â€œIt will qualify residents of Englewood for employment with CLEAR-Win.Â Itâ€™s a win-win for our community,â€ concluded Mrs. Hill.