HUD AWARDS OVER $2.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO REDUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS IN HOUSING

HUD AWARDS OVER $2.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO REDUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS IN HOUSING

Funding for research on controlling housing-related causes of asthma, evaluating how weatherization
affects indoor air quality, and assessing housing-related health hazards

WASHINGTON, DC – May 8, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $2.58 million in grants to four projects intended to protect children and families from health hazards in their homes.  The awards will be made to academic and non-profit institutions that advance the recognition and control of residential health and safety hazards to improve our understanding of the link between housing and health. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

“HUD is committed to improving the nation’s technical capacity to provide every American with a healthy and safe home, said Jon Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “These grants support the applied research that is needed to build the national capacity for meeting the Department’s goal of having every American’s home be safe and healthy.”

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

Applicant

State

Recommended Award

 Silent Spring Institute

MA

$674,793
 Wayne State University

MI

$667,221
 Appalachian State University

NC

$657,986
 Health Research, Inc./New York State
Department of  Health

NY

$500,000

These technical studies grants supplement the $110.8 million in grants HUD awarded in March to protect thousands of children from lead and other home hazards.

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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
inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
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Contact:
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685

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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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