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Funding to make thousands of low-income homes safer and healthier

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 23, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $98.3 million in grants to 38 local projects to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead paint hazards and other health hazards in 6,373 high-risk homes, train workers in lead-safe work practices, 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.

“Childhood lead poisoning is completely preventable and that’s exactly what these funds are designed to do,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones.  “The communities receiving these grants are helping their children grow up brighter, safer and healthier.”

“These grant awards demonstrate that a priority for HUD is providing healthy and safe homes for families and children,” noted Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.  “HUD is committed to protecting children from the hazards that can be caused by deteriorated lead paint, and by the mold that follows moisture intruding into the home, as part of the Department’s efforts to make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”

These grant programs of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promote local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educate 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.

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.  HUD is also providing over $4.4 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:




Grant Program

Award Amount

California City and County of San Francisco LHRD


Connecticut City of Bridgeport LBPHC


City of New London LBPHC


State of Connecticut LHRD


Iowa City of Cedar Rapids LBPHC


Illinois City of Moline LBPHC


St. Clair County LBPHC


Winnebago County LHRD


Kentucky Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government LBPHC


Massachusetts City of Boston LBPHC


City of Lawrence LBPHC


City of Lowell LBPHC


City of Lynn LBPHC


City of Somerville LHRD


Malden Redevelopment Authority-City of Malden LHRD


Maryland Baltimore County LHRD


Minnesota City of Duluth LBPHC


Hennepin County LHRD


North Carolina City of Winston-Salem LBPHC


Nevada City of Henderson LBPHC


New York County of Orange LBPHC


Ohio Mahoning County LBPHC


State of Ohio LBPHC


Summit County Combined General Health District LBPHC


Oregon City of Portland LHRD


Pennsylvania Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie LHRD


Rhode Island Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation LBPHC


Tennessee City Of Knoxville LBPHC


Shelby County Government LBPHC


State of Tennessee LBPHC


City of Memphis LHRD


Texas City of Austin LBPHC


City of San Antonio LHRD


Houston Department of Health and Human Services LHRD


Utah Salt Lake County LBPHC


Vermont Vermont Housing and Conservation Board LBPHC


Wisconsin County of Rock LBPHC


*Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

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


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 Email List.

Shantae Goodloe
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