HUD AWARDS $46.5 MILLION TO MAKE THOUSANDS OF HOMES SAFE FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding will make more than 3,100 homes safer and healthier places to live

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — To protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $46.5 million in grants to 15 local and state governments (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 3,100 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards. The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program has a demonstrated history of success, filling critical needs in urban communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents. Read a summary of each of the grants announced today.

As HUD celebrates this June as the first ever National Healthy Homes Month, HUD Secretary Julián Castro is focused on helping children and families secure quality housing by protecting them from the hazards of lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

“As the leader in lead paint hazard control, HUD’s grant awards are one of our strongest efforts to prevent lead poisoning among children,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “These awards will help clean up lead paint hazards in thousands of low-income homes across the nation, eliminating the sources of permanent health and behavioral problems that lead poisoning brings.”

Unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These homes affect the economy directly, through increased use of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all which help to improve the quality of life.

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards from lower income homes, stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control, supports cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards, and educates the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.

The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. HUD is also providing these Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program grantees over $4.5 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help these communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high risk housing simultaneously, in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant funding announced today:

State

Agency

Grant Amount

Connecticut

City of New Britain $3,400,000

Illinois

Cook County $2,000,000

Maine

Maine State Housing Authority $3,400,000

Michigan

City of Lansing

$2,318,509

New Jersey

City of Newark

$3,400,000

City of Trenton $2,150,331

New York

City of Albany

$3,000,000

Erie County

$3,400,000

Onondaga County

$3,400,000

Ohio

City of Columbus

$3,400,000

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

$3,400,000

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

$3,400,000

Texas

City of San Antonio

$3,400,000

Utah

Salt Lake County

$3,108,589

Wisconsin

City of Milwaukee

$3,399,998

TOTAL

$46,577,427

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

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Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0980

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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