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Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON, DC – September 15, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $93 million in grants to 39 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. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 7,000 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 occupants,” 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.”

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. 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. Along with lead hazard control work, HUD is awarding funds to promote and develop programs to identify and address multiple housing-related health hazards with lead hazard control intervention work.

Through its 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.

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, more than $4 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.

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




 Arizona  City of Phoenix


 California  City and County of San Francisco


 City of Pomona


 City of South Lake Tahoe


 County of Alameda


 City of Fresno


 Connecticut  State of Connecticut



 City of Waterbury


 Delaware  City of Wilmington


 Illinois  City of Chicago


 Winnebago County Health Department



 County of Peoria



 County of Kane


 Indiana  Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County


 Iowa  City of Davenport



 Polk County



 City of Waterloo


 Kentucky  Kentucky Department for Public Health


 Massachusetts  City of Boston


 City of Lynn


 Malden Redevelopment Authority-City of Malden


 Michigan  City of Lansing



 County of Muskegon


 Minnesota  Hennepin County


 Missouri  St. Louis Community Development Administration


 New York  Erie County


 North Carolina  City of High Point


 Ohio  City of Columbus


 Pennsylvania  City of Philadelphia



 Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie


 Tennessee  City of Memphis


 Texas  City of Austin



 City of San Antonio



 County of Harris



 Houston Department of Health and Human Services


 Vermont  City of Burlington


 Virginia  City of Petersburg



 City of Roanoke


 Wisconsin  City of Waukesha






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  You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.

Shantae Goodloe