October 15, 2008
HUD ANNOUNCES $131 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
City of Memphis and Middle Tennessee State University to receive funds totaling nearly $6 Million
NASHVILLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $131 million in
grants to 61 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities, from eliminating lead hazards in homes to
increasing public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and may even cause death at high levels. The City of Memphis received $4,000,000 for a Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program and Middle Tennessee State University received $1,971,892
for an Operation Lead Elimination Action Grant Program.
"More than ever, children need safe and healthy homes," said HUD Secretary Steven Preston. "HUD is awarding these grants to help communities protect children from many health and safety hazards and to build on our commitment to ending childhood lead poisoning."
HUD and two of its federal agency partners, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, operate the National Lead Information Clearinghouse, where parents, property owners, and other members of the public can get information about lead hazards and their prevention. The Clearinghouse has a
toll free number, (800) 424-LEAD, and a web site (http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/nlic.htm), both of which provide information in English and Spanish.
The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:
|Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control in Privately Owned Housing||
|Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program||
|Lead Outreach Grants||
|Lead Technical Studies||
|Operation Lead Elimination Action Program||
|Healthy Homes Demonstration||
|Healthy Homes Technical Studies||
Through these seven grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead and other hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in
lead hazard control; educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; and supports scientific research
into innovative methods to identify and eliminate health hazards in housing. 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 use in the home 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 $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. HUD will also award $1.5
million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do
to protect children. Further, $2.2 million will assist research to study methods to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard control strategies.
Healthy Homes Initiative
A variety of preventable health and safety hazards threaten children every year. The funding announced today includes $3.5 million in demonstration grants to identify and eliminate housing conditions that contribute to children's disease and injury, such as asthma, mold exposure, and carbon monoxide contamination. HUD is also investing $2.1 million to support scientific research into new ways of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet