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Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON –- (RealEstateRama) — In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant programs have a proven history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents.

Today in Washington, DC, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the new funding during an event that featured a panel discussion about the importance of public and private partnerships to the work of healthy homes. With HUD celebrating June’s National Healthy Homes Month, Carson said he wants tomake lead paint hazard removal a top priority.

“Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home,” said Secretary Carson. “A healthy start at home translates to a successful life outside of the home. HUD is committed to working with local communities to eradicate lead paint poisoning to make sure our homes are safe and ensure positive outcomes for families and their kids.”

“Millions of families and children are seeing their hope for the future threatened by poor health simply because of where they live,” noted Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “This round of funding includes awards to eight cities that are receiving grant awards for the first time. We are pleased the program is expanding into these previously unserved communities.”

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 utilization 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 hazards from lower income homes; encourages 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. As part of these awards, HUD is providing these Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grantees just over $14 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high-risk housing simultaneously,in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.


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 and  You can also connect with HUD on social media or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

You can follow Secretary Carson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today:



Total Grant Award

Arizona City of Phoenix


Pima County


California County of Los Angeles


Fresno County


Colorado City and County of Denver


Connecticut City of Bridgeport


City of Hartford


City of Waterbury


State of Connecticut


Iowa City of Clinton


City of Waterloo


Idaho City of Pocatello


Indiana State of Indiana


Kansas Wyandotte County


Kentucky Louisville/Jefferson County


City of Brockton


City of Malden


Massachusetts City of Somerville


Maine City of Lewiston


Michigan Charter County of Wayne


City of Jackson


Minnesota City of Minneapolis


Hennepin County




City of St. Louis


City of Kansas City


North Carolina City of Greensboro


New Hampshire


City of Nashua


New Hampshire Housing Finance


New Jersey County of Hudson


Nevada City of Las Vegas


New York


City of Rochester


City of Schenectady


City of New York




City of Cincinnati


City of Cleveland


City of Toledo


Cuyahoga County


Oregon City of Portland




County of Northampton


City of Erie


Rhode Island City of Providence


Tennessee City of Chattanooga




City of Fort Worth


City of Houston




City of Richmond


City of Roanoke


Vermont City of Burlington


Wisconsin Kenosha County