| Kristine Foye
September 27, 2005
HUD AWARDS $9 MILLION IN CONNECTICUT TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
Funding part of $139 million awarded nationwide to make low-income housing safer and healthier
Thousands of children and families in 26 states will live in healthier and safer homes because of more than $139
million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Connecticut, $9 million in
total funding was awarded to the cities of New Haven, New Britain and Waterbury (see attached grant amounts and project summaries).
Through seven grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; funds model programs that promote healthier and safer home environments; and, supports scientific research into innovative methods to identify and eliminate health
hazards in housing.
"Families need a safe and healthy home to raise their kids," said HUD Regional Director Taylor Caswell. "The funding
we announce today supports programs that protect children from a variety of health and safety hazards and represents another step toward ending childhood lead poisoning once and for all."
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 as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
NOTE: For information on how a grantee will implement the funding, please call:
- City of New Britain, (860) 826-3303
- City of New Haven, (203) 946-8200
- City of Waterbury, (203) 346-3902
For more information on HUD's Lead Grant programs, or other HUD programs, call Kristine Foye, (617) 994-8218
Lead Grant Summaries
The City of New Britain will be awarded $3,000,000 in federal funds to produce 120 lead-safe housing units
through its Department of Municipal Development in Collaboration with the Health Department and Human Resources Agency. The target area will encompass the entire City with an emphasis on targeted areas. The target area
consists of 12 contiguous census tracts, comprised mainly of multi-family rental properties, high concentrations of lower income and minority families. These areas also show the highest rate of children with elevated blood levels.
The City will provide $1,705,675 in matching and/or contributions. Contact: The Honorable Timothy Stewart, Mayor (860) 826-3303.
The City of New Haven will be awarded $3,000,000 in federal funds to produce 200 lead-safe housing units
through its Department of Health Environmental Health Division. The target area includes sixteen census tracts
within the City in which the number of reported cases of childhood lead poisoning and the rates of substandard or blighted housing and high incidence of children living in poverty are the highest. The City of New Haven will provide $2,434,068 in matching and/or contributions. Contact: The Honorable John DeStefano, Mayor (203) 946-8200.
The City of Waterbury will be awarded $3,000,000 in federal funds to produce 348 lead-safe housing units through its Waterbury Eliminates Lead Hazards (WELH) program. The WELH project brings together the Waterbury Development Company (WDC) and the Waterbury Health Department, as well as, numerous community- and faith-based organizations. In addition to providing lead hazard remediation, WELH will engage in an active program of community education and outreach. The WELH project will include partnerships with the City Health Department,
the Waterbury Development Company, St. Mary's Hospital Outpatient Children's Center, the YMCA, Waterbury Hospital, Staywell Clinic, Waterbury's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), WOW, and continued partnership with LAMPP. The City of Waterbury will provide $3,660,132 in local funds. Contact: Roseann Wright, Assistant Director
of Health (203) 346-3902.