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Biden Visits LA, Talks Up Stimulus & Low Income Housing

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Speaking from South LA today, Vice President Joe Biden announced that affordable-housing development Esperanza Community Housing Corporation will receive $875,000 for the removal of toxic paint from 225 homes.

The money will employ workers for the abatement work, but also "save the country millions in future health care costs that would otherwise be spent to treat people suffering ailments connected to growing up in contact with lead-based paint," according to the Associated Press.

To his side was LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “This is only the beginning," he said. "As more and more Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is distributed, neighborhoods and projects around this city and the country will be able to improve and thrive.”

Esperanza has developed nine buildings, serving hundreds of families over the past four years. They have also built two day care centers, three community training rooms,
and spurred the development of two community parks.

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Joe Biden touring the Esperanza Community Center | AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes