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EPA Brownfields Program
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states,
communities, and other stakeholders to work together to
prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the
expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a
hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On
January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed
into law the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields
Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible
applicants through four competitive grant programs:
assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup
grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.
Community Description
The East Bay Habitat for Humanity was selected to
receive a cleanup grant. The two-acre Edes Avenue site
in the Sobrante neighborhood of the City of Oakland
borders a residential and light-industrial zone with
many vacant and underused properties. The
neighborhood census tract is demographically very
different from the City of Oakland. More than 57
percent of the residents are African American and 34
percent are Hispanic. The unemployment rate is 75
percent higher than the city rate and many more
families live below the poverty level. Habitat for
Humanity plans to build approximately 26 new homes
for low-income families on the site. This would not
only provide affordable housing to low-income buyers,
but result in a cleaner, safer community for existing
residents. This project is expected to increase local
property values, thereby serving as an impetus for other
redevelopment in the area.
Cleanup Grant
$200,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected East Bay Habitat for Humanity in
the City of Oakland for a cleanup grant. The grant
will be used to conduct cleanup activities at a former
truck dismantling and salvage yard at 10900 Edes
Avenue in the Sobrante neighborhood of the City of
Oakland. The funds will be used for removal and
disposal of contaminated surface soil.
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit
the EPA Brownfields Web site
(http: //www. epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
(415) 972-3091
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site
Grant Recipient: East Bay Habitat for Humanity,CA
(510) 251-6304 ext 314 "
The information presented in this fact sheet comes
from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
accuracy of this information. The cooperative
agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated.
Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
subject to change.
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