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HUD No. 13-123
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
August 15, 2013

Research grants to help control asthma, bed bugs and reduce radon exposure

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $10.5 million in grants designed to protect children and other vulnerable groups from health hazards in their homes. This funding highlights the link between housing and health and develops cost effective methods for mitigating residential hazards. HUD's grants are being awarded to academic and non-profit research institutions studying new methods to recognize and control residential health and safety hazards such as asthma triggers, bed bugs, mold and radon. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

HUD's Healthy Homes Technical Studies (HHTS) Program supports new approaches to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods to evaluate and control housing-related health and safety hazards. The program, part of HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative, is particularly focused on the health of children and other vulnerable groups. The grants announced today supplement the $98 million in grants HUD awarded in May to protect thousands of children from lead and other home hazards.

"Our homes should be restful and safe environments for all, but too many of us suffer from preventable injury and illness due to unsafe conditions in our homes. Some of us, such as children and seniors, are more easily harmed by residential hazards, which is why it's critical that we develop cost effective methods of protecting them from hazards in the home," said Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. "These grants will support important research that can help all of us identify and control those things in our homes that can cause or contribute to injury or illness."

HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury. There is an emerging body of scientific evidence – to which these new grants will contribute – linking health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to substandard housing. Housing of all types and ages may contain hazards. Creating healthier housing promotes the health of people of all ages, but especially our most vulnerable, and thus has the potential to save billions annually in health care costs. Everyone needs a healthy home and some of the most serious health problems start in their home. There are special reasons to focus on the home environment:

  • On average we spend about 70% of our time in our homes.
  • Children's play and interactions potentially expose them to toxins such as lead.
  • Millions of U.S. homes have existing hazards such as deteriorated lead-based paint, elevated radon levels, or pest infestation.

Read more about how to protect your family from a variety of home-based health and safety hazards in Help Yourself to a Healthy Home.

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

Grant Recipient*
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Sinai Health System
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Tulane University
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The Children's Mercy Hospital
North Carolina State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Case Western Reserve University
The University of Texas at Austin


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