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HUD No. 14-117
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
September 30, 2014

HUD AWARDS $112 MILLION TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $112 million in grants to 39 local and state government agenciesand research institutions  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 reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in nearly 7,000 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards. In addition, some of these grants will support research on increasing the effectiveness of hazard reduction methods. These programs have a demonstrated history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents, and filling research gaps essential for being able to reduce hazard reduction costs.

As HUD approaches its 50th anniversary next year, HUD Secretary Julián Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including helping children and families secure quality housing by protecting them from the hazards of lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

"No person should ever be in harm's way when cooking dinner in their kitchen or playing with children in the living room," said Castro. "These grant awards will help communities eliminate home-related hazards and give families new opportunities to thrive. Housing is a critical source of stability, and HUD is committed to helping ensure that all Americans have a healthy safe place to live."

"Millions of families and children are seeing their hope for the future threatened by poor healthsimply because of where they live," noted Matthew E. Ammon, Acting Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.  "Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy home and yet far too many continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous lead and other health hazards in the home."

Unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the economy directly, through increased utilization of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all which help to improve the quality of life.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today by grant program:

Grant Program

Funding Awarded

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC)

$62,028,846*

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD)

$46,674,121*

Lead Technical Studies Grant Program (LTS)

$814,017

Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program (HHTS)

$2,797,033

Total

$112,314,017

* This includes the $11,402,967 HUD is awarding to assist in the promotion and development of programs to concurrently identify and address multiple housing-related health hazards with lead hazard control intervention work.

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes; stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards; and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. HUD is also providing over $11.4 million to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high risk housing simultaneously,in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.

Today's funding also directs funds to public and private universities and research organizations to improve methods to detect lead paint in the home, assess the effectiveness of lead laws, improve home fall protection for the elderly, improve sustainable pest management strategies, evaluate the health effects of smoke-free policies, and assess home air cleaning in reducing childhood asthma.

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

State

Recipient

Grant
Program*

Award
Amount

AZ

City of Phoenix

LBPHC

$3,400,000

CA

California Department of Community Services and Development

LBPHC

$3,400,000

City of Los Angeles

LHRD

$3,900,000

City of San Diego Environmental Services Department

LBPHC

$3,400,000

County of Alameda

LBPHC

$3,400,000

CT

City of Hartford

LHRD

$3,900,000

DC

District of Columbia

LHRD

$3,746,551

DE

State of Delaware Health and Social Services

LBPHC

$3,288,728

GA

City of Atlanta

LBPHC

$2,500,000

IA

City of Marshalltown

LBPHC

$3,400,000

IN

Purdue University

HHTS

$659,050

IL

City of Chicago Department of Public Health

LHRD

$3,900,000

City of Kankakee

LBPHC

$3,183,395

MA

Harvard University

HHTS

$724,726

MD

Quantech, Inc.

LTS

$498,517

ME

City of Lewiston

LBPHC

$3,395,159

MI

City of Detroit

LHRD

$3,637,000

County of Muskegon

LBPHC

$1,100,000

MN

City of Minneapolis

LBPHC

$3,400,000

MO

City of St. Louis

LHRD

$2,500,000

County of St. Louis

LBPHC

$2,496,364

Kansas City Missouri Health Department

LBPHC

$3,216,136

Washington University

HHTS

$724,996

NH

City of Nashua

LBPHC

$3,400,000

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

LBPHC

$3,400,000

NY

City of Schenectady

LHRD

$3,190,570

Erie County

LBPHC

$3,400,000

Monroe County Department of Public Health

LBPHC

$3,270,000

Onondaga County Community Development Division

LHRD

$3,900,000

OH

City of Cincinnati

LBPHC

$3,400,000

City of Columbus Department of Development

LHRD

$3,900,000

University of Cincinnati

HHTS

$688,261

RI

City of Providence

LHRD

$3,900,000

The Providence Plan

LTS

$315,500

TX

City of Fort Worth

LHRD

$2,400,000

VA

City of Roanoke

LBPHC

$2,179,064

VT

City of Burlington

LBPHC

$3,400,000

WI

City of Milwaukee Health Department

LHRD

$3,900,000

Kenosha County Division of Health

LHRD

$3,900,000

 

TOTAL:

$112,314,017

*Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies

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
              (includes Healthy Homes Initiative supplemental funding, as applicable)

LTS - Lead Technical Studies