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EPA to Award Harambee House $300,000 for Continuing Toxics Reduction in Two Savannah Neighborhoods

Release Date: 03/02/2009
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(ATLANTA – Mar. 2, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce Harambee House, Inc.’s, receipt of a Level 2 Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant for its work in the Hudson Hill and Woodville neighborhoods of Savannah. CARE grants support communities in creating and using collaborative partnerships to reduce exposure to pollution, and Harambee House in one of just four organizations nationally to have received funding for both Level 1 and Level 2 projects.

What: Savannah Community Action for a Renewed Environment Level 2 Award

Who: Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson

          Russell L. Wright, EPA Region 4 Assistant Regional Administrator
          Cory W. Berish, EPA Region 4 Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator for Planning, Finance and Grants Management
          Dr. Mildred McClain, Executive Director, Harambee House/Citizens Organized for Environmental Justice

When: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2009 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
A neighborhood-led community tour will immediately follow until 4 p.m.

Where: Woodville Community Center
          129 Darling Street
          Savannah, GA

The EPA CARE program is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for communities to take action to reduce toxic pollution. Through CARE, communities create local collaborative partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize exposure to toxic pollutants. Visit the CARE website at to learn more about the program.