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Manchester, N.H. Non-Profit Group Awarded $50,000 EPA Grant

Release Date: 10/03/2007
Contact Information: Paula Ballentine, (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. - October 3, 2007) - The Way Home, Inc., of Manchester, N.H. is one of twenty community-based organizations to receive a $50,000 grant for projects in low-income communities on environmental and public health issues.

The organization’s project aims to facilitate community education and outreach to assist in developing community and tenant advocacy groups and leadership to empower the member s to participate in the decisions and policies which affect their health. The anticipated results of the project include heightened awareness of lead poisoning, its health effects, causes, hazard identification, control, reporting and remediation as well as the tenant’s rights and responsibilities in regards to safe and affordable housing.

"Low income families are often afraid to speak up about housing problems. The EPA grant for our Healthy Housing Advocacy Project will help residents learn skills, and participate in a collaborative process to make effective use of local housing codes, so their housing will be safer for their children," said Mary Sliney, Executive Director of The Way Home, Inc.

Financial assistance under the environmental justice small grants program is available to all non-profit organizations designated by the IRS or recognized by the state, territory, commonwealth or tribe in which it is located. The funding is to assist affected communities in developing strategic solutions to their environmental justice issues and to achieve community health and sustainability.

Since 1994, EPA has provided over $31 million in funding to more than 1,100 community-based organizations.

More information: EPA environmental justice grants (epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants)

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