"When folks know better, they generally do better" and that point became more evident on May 27, 2021 as the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and Office of Public and Indian Housing, joined with state and local partners to host an educational webinar for Alabama Public Housing Authorities (PHA) addressing Lead Paint Safety and Myths. During this interactive webinar they premiered informational videos which focused on creating awareness of lead, lead safety, and dispelling myths associated with lead exposure and compliance.
HUD in partnership with the University of Alabama Safestate produced the videos for public housing authorities in their ongoing effort to ensure the safety and health of residents and their families. The webinar was very well received with approximately 120 representatives from public housing authorities throughout Alabama and HUD staff attending the event.
Velma Byron, Director, Office of Public Housing, HUD Birmingham Field Office stated that providing safe and decent housing to the families that we serve is critical and this webinar provided an opportunity for PHAs to focus on the importance of lead and lead compliance. Numerous PHAs in Alabama provided positive feedback on the webinar as well.
Panel members consisted of Velma Byron, Director, Office of Public Housing, HUD Birmingham Field Office, Bruce Haber, Director, Program and Regulatory Support Division, HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Steven McDaniel, Director of the Lead Program, Alabama Department of Public Health and Donna Gabel, Executive Director, Alexander City and Goodwater Housing Authority.
The informational videos are found below: