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Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON, DC – January 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $127 million in grants to 48 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 more than 11,000 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.  Other materials in the home can trigger allergic responses and asthma.

“Protecting the health, and indeed the futures, of our children is a top priority for HUD. We cannot allow children to be poisoned in their own homes,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards.”

HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims added: “With these grant awards, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority.  It’s simple: you can’t be healthy if your home is sick.  There are far too many ‘sick homes’ in our communities, and these funds will target the worst of those homes.  HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part of the Department’s effort 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


“Healthy Homes Initiative” funding


Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program


Healthy Homes Production Grant Program



TOTAL    $126,900,000

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 .

Healthy Homes and 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 includes more than $114 million 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, more than $13 million of this funding will support new grantees.  HUD is also providing nearly $2.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.  Finally, HUD will award $10 million in Healthy Homes Production grant funds to address housing-related health hazards, such as accidental injury, mold and moisture, and carbon monoxide poisoning, through direct improvements that affect the health of children and elderly adults.

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





Arizona Sonora Environmental Research Institute HHP


California City of Los Angeles LHRD


  City of San Diego Housing Commission LBPHC


  City of San Diego Housing Commission HHP


Colorado City and County of Denver LBPHC


Connecticut City of Bridgeport LBPHC


  City of Hartford LHRD


  City of New London HHP


District of Columbia Rebuilding Together, Inc HHP


Georgia Center for Working Families, Inc HHP


  City of Atlanta Dept. of Planning LBPHC


  Georgia Dept. of Community Health LBPHC


Illinois St. Clair County LBPHC


Iowa City of Dubuque LBPHC


  City of Dubuque HHP


Kansas Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment LBPHC


Massachusetts City of Brockton LBPHC


  City of Lawrence LBPHC


  City of Somerville LHRD


Michigan Saginaw County LBPHC


  Southeastern Michigan Health Assoc. HHP


Minnesota City of Duluth LBPHC


  Minnesota Dept. of Health LBPHC


Missouri St. Louis County LBPHC


Nebraska City of Omaha LBPHC


New Hampshire City of Manchester LHRD


New Jersey City of Newark HHP


  City of Newark LHRD


New York Broome County Health Dept. LBPHC


  Westchester County LBPHC


  City of New York Dept. of Housing and Preservation and Development LHRD


  Onondaga County LBPHC


  City of Schenectady LHRD


  City of Syracuse LHRD


North Carolina City of Greensboro LBPHC


  State of North Carolina LBPHC


Ohio City of Cincinnati LHRD


  Cuyahoga County Board of Health LHRD


  Erie County LBPHC


  City of Lorain LBPHC


  Mahoning County LBPHC


  Ohio Health Dept. LBPHC


Oregon City of Portland HHP


Pennsylvania Harrisburg LBPHC


  City of Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health HHP


Rhode Island Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation LBPHC


Tennessee Tennessee Dept. of Environmental and Conservation LHRD


Vermont Vermont Housing and Conservation Board LBPHC


Wisconsin City of Milwaukee Health Dept. LHRD


  City of Sheboygan LBPHC


  Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services HHP


*Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

HHP – Healthy Homes Production
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

NOTE: Complete individual project summaries are available on HUD’s website.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. 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 inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and

Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685