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HUD No. 11-004
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
January 13, 2011

HUD AWARDS $127 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON – 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

$66,600,000

“Healthy Homes Initiative” funding

$2,300,000

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

$48,000,000

Healthy Homes Production Grant Program    

$10,000,000

 

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: 

State

Grantee

Program*

Amount

Arizona

Sonora Environmental Research Institute

HHP

$999,550

California

City of Los Angeles

LHRD

$4,500,000

 

City of San Diego Housing Commission

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

City of San Diego Housing Commission

HHP

$1,000,000

Colorado

City and County of Denver

LBPHC

$2,026,698

Connecticut

City of Bridgeport

LBPHC

$3,099,996

 

City of Hartford

LHRD

$4,496,236

 

City of New London

HHP

$200,482

District of Columbia

Rebuilding Together, Inc

HHP

$1,000,000

Georgia

Center for Working Families, Inc

HHP

$800,000

 

City of Atlanta Dept. of Planning

LBPHC

$2,100,000

 

Georgia Dept. of Community Health

LBPHC

$2,100,000

Illinois

St. Clair County

LBPHC

$1,587,581

Iowa

City of Dubuque

LBPHC

$3,099,948

 

City of Dubuque

HHP

$999,973

Kansas

Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment

LBPHC

$3,100,000

Massachusetts

City of Brockton

LBPHC

$2,100,000

 

City of Lawrence

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

City of Somerville

LHRD

$1,876,179

Michigan

Saginaw County

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

Southeastern Michigan Health Assoc.

HHP

$999,995

Minnesota

City of Duluth

LBPHC

$1,144,684

 

Minnesota Dept. of Health

LBPHC

$1,742,698

Missouri

St. Louis County

LBPHC

$2,406,067

Nebraska

City of Omaha

LBPHC

$2,100,000

New Hampshire

City of Manchester

LHRD

$3,967,678

New Jersey

City of Newark

HHP

$1,000,000

 

City of Newark

LHRD

$4,500,000

New York

Broome County Health Dept.

LBPHC

$2,100,000

 

Westchester County

LBPHC

$1,749,639

 

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

LHRD

$4,500,000

 

Onondaga County

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

City of Schenectady

LHRD

$3,212,641

 

City of Syracuse

LHRD

$2,947,266

North Carolina

City of Greensboro

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

State of North Carolina

LBPHC

$2,596,543

Ohio

City of Cincinnati

LHRD

$4,500,000

 

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

LHRD

$4,500,000

 

Erie County

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

City of Lorain

LBPHC

$2,100,000

 

Mahoning County

LBPHC

$3,100,000

 

Ohio Health Dept.

LBPHC

$2,100,000

Oregon

City of Portland

HHP

$1,000,000

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg

LBPHC

$2,206,487

 

City of Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health

HHP

$1,000,000

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

LBPHC

$3,100,000

       

Tennessee

Tennessee Dept. of Environmental and Conservation

LHRD

$4,500,000

Vermont

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

LBPHC

$3,100,000

Wisconsin

City of Milwaukee Health Dept.

LHRD

$4,500,000

 

City of Sheboygan

LBPHC

$1,528,296

 

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

HHP

$1,000,000


*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.

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