HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 12-14
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
March 23, 2012

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $7,067,857 in grants to three local projects in Connecticut to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead and other health hazards in 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 residents," said HUD New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. "These grants will help Connecticut communities 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," said Jon Gant, Director of HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. "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 our efforts to help make the nation's housing healthy and sustainable."

Connecticut Grant Summaries:

The Naugatuck Valley Health District will be awarded $2,300,000 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $180,000 in healthy homes supplemental funding for the identification and reduction of lead and healthy homes hazards in 200 housing units providing safer homes for children and families. The Naugatuck Valley Health District will partner with the City of Ansonia Housing Authority, the Town of Beacon Falls, the City of Derby, the Borough of Naugatuck, the Town of Seymour and the City of Shelton.

The City of New Haven will be awarded $2,300,000 in Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and an additional $180,000 in healthy homes supplemental funding. The City will address lead hazards in 180 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments in 200 units. The City of New Haven will collaborate with the New Haven Health Department, the New Haven Livable City Initiative, and the Yale-New Haven Lead Program and Regional Treatment Center.

The City of Norwich will be awarded $1,927,857 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $180,000 in healthy homes supplemental funding for the identification and reduction of healthy homes hazards in 95 housing units providing safer homes for families. The City of Norwich will partner with Uncas Health, Norwich Public Utilities, Norwich Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, Norwich Area Clergy Association, ESL: Adult Education/Literacy Volunteers, Thames Valley Council for Community Action, as well as public schools, and realtor associations.

Through these 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. HUD is also providing over $5.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

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


The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today in Connecticut:

State Agency


Connecticut Naugatuck Valley Health District LBPHC $2,480,000
City of Norwich LBPHC $2,107,857
City of New Haven LBPHC $2,480,000


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