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:
City of Phoenix
City and County of San Francisco
City of Pomona
City of South Lake Tahoe
County of Alameda
City of Fresno
State of Connecticut
City of Waterbury
City of Wilmington
City of Chicago
Winnebago County Health Department
County of Peoria
County of Kane
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
City of Davenport
City of Waterloo
Kentucky Department for Public Health
City of Boston
City of Lynn
Malden Redevelopment Authority-City of Malden
City of Lansing
County of Muskegon
St. Louis Community Development Administration
City of High Point
City of Columbus
City of Philadelphia
Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie
City of Memphis
City of Austin
City of San Antonio
County of Harris
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
City of Burlington
City of Petersburg
City of Roanoke
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 www.hud.govand http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDgov, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.