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U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Description 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) was created in 1932 as a partnership among cities with populations greater than 30,000 feet.  There are currently 1,408 member-cities in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, each represented by their mayor.  While its main purpose is to give cities the opportunity to discuss, collaborate on, and develop organizational policies and goals on various issue areas, the organization also administers numerous programs and initiatives that also include grant funding.  There are two particular grant programs that could be used to address residential lead hazards: the DollarWise: Mayors for Economic Mobility Program and the CommunityWINSSM (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program.   

The DollarWise Program is focused on increasing economic mobility for low-to-moderate income households through promoting affordable homeownership, affordable healthcare, educational opportunities, financial education, job and livable wage creation, justice reform, youth development and youth employment.  

The CommunityWINSSM Program is a partnership with Wells Fargo bank and the Wells Fargo Foundation to support local non-profits in supporting long-term economic prosperity and improved quality of life in their communities. Three million dollars will be awarded over 3 years, and eight awards are available in 2019. Two awards are available in each of the following population size categories: 

  • Metropolitan: Population greater than 500,000 
  • Large: Population of 275,000 to 500,000 
  • Medium: Population of 50,000 to 275,000 
  • Small: Population of less than 50,000 

While the deadline for the 2019 application passed in March, there will be a similar round of funding in 2020.  

Strategic Implementation

The Mayors of applying jurisdictions must be part of the Conference of Mayors to qualify for awards. You can check your mayor’s status here: https://www.usmayors.org/mayors/meet-the-mayors/

Applications for funding opportunities are posted on the Conference of Mayor’s website and publicized to members. While neither grant opportunity specified above is focused solely on lead remediation or housing improvement, municipalities or state can apply for funds to address lead hazards or promote lead safe work practices and build workforce capacity for lead remediation, as Lancaster did in the example below.

Example 

In 2017, the Community Action Agency (CAP) in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania received $150,000 from the US Conference of Mayors to address lead-based paint hazards in home-based daycare centers and to provide on-the-job training for workers with barriers to employment so that they can become qualified to receive a living wage while making their communities safer for children.  In Lancaster, the CommunityWINSSM program helped to foster better health and social outcomes through the elimination of harmful environmental health hazards and through community-based workforce development to support economic mobility.   

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