HUD AWARDS $110.8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON, DC – March 23, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $110.8 million in grants to 43 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 6,000 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood.

“Protecting the health and well-being of children is a top priority for HUD. We know that housing conditions directly affect the health of its residents,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “These grants will help communities around the nation protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards.”

“With these grant awards, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority,” said Jon Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.  “It’s simple: you can’t be healthy if your home is sick.  HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part our efforts to help make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Grant Program

Funding Awarded

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC)

$78,554,202*

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD)

$32,298,810

Total

$110,853,012

* This includes the $5,329,093 HUD is awarding to assist in the promotion and development of programs to concurrently identify and address multiple housing-related health hazards with lead hazard control intervention work.

Through these grant programs, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint.  A complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today can be found on HUD’s website.

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today.  Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing.  At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.

The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units.  These funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs.  To expand the reach of HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program.  HUD is also providing over $5.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:

State

Agency

Program

Amount

Arizona City of Tucson

LBPHC

$2,480,000

California City of Long Beach

LBPHC

$2,479,996

City of Richmond

LBPHC

$2,480,000

San Diego Housing Commission

LBPHC

$2,480,000

State of California

LBPHC

$2,300,000

City of Los Angeles

LHRD

$3,000,000

Connecticut Naugatuck Valley Health District

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Norwich

LBPHC

$2,107,857

City of New Haven

LBPHC

$2,480,000

District of Columbia District of Columbia

LHRD

$2,998,810

Illinois City of Kankakee

LBPHC

$2,300,000

Indiana City of Fort Wayne

LBPHC

$2,478,240

Housing Authority of South Bend

LBPHC

$2,480,000

County of Elkhart (Elkhart County Government)

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Iowa City of Marshalltown

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Sioux City

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Maine Maine State Housing Authority

LBPHC

$2,409,093

Maryland Baltimore City Dept. of Housing
and Community Development

LHRD

$2,900,000

Massachusetts City of Worcester

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Michigan Michigan Department of Community Health

LBPHC

$2,479,602

Charter County of Wayne

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Grand Rapids

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Minnesota City of Minneapolis

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Missouri Kansas City Missouri Health Department

LBPHC

$2,480,000

New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Nashua

LBPHC

$2,480,000

New York Onondaga County

LBPHC

$2,480,000

The City of New York Department of HPD

LHRD

$3,000,000

City of Syracuse

LHRD

$3,000,000

City of Rochester

LHRD

$3,000,000

North Carolina City of Charlotte

LBPHC

$2,479,414

Ohio Cuyahoga County Board of Health

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Springfield

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Lucas County Regional Health District

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Akron

LHRD

$3,000,000

City of Cincinnati

LHRD

$3,000,000

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Health

LBPHC

$2,480,000

County of Lawrence

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Texas City of Fort Worth

LHRD

$3,000,000

Washington Washington State Department of Commerce

LBPHC

$2,480,000

City of Spokane

LHRD

$2,400,000

Wisconsin Kenosha County

LBPHC

$2,480,000

Community Relations-Social
Development Commission

LHRD

$3,000,000

 

*Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

LBPHC- Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
(includes Healthy Homes Initiative supplemental funding, as applicable)

        LHRD- Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

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HUD is working to
strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the
need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build
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