HUD Archives: News Releases

Linda H. Allen
(404) 331-5001 ext. 2012
For Release
October 1, 2003

Record funding kicks off October as National Healthy Homes Month

ATLANTA - Thousands of children and families in 27 states and the District of Columbia will live in healthier homes
due to more than $147 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel
Martinez. Martinez made today's record funding announcement to officially launch National Healthy Homes Month during October. An Atlanta, Georgia Grantee, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, received $249,864.

The grants will help 70 local programs around the country to remove potentially dangerous lead from lower income homes; to stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; to educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; to fund model programs promoting healthier and safer home environments; and, to support
scientific research into innovative methods of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing (see attached

"Whether it's eliminating lead hazards in housing or studying new ways to make our homes healthier, the funds we announce today are all designed to protect our most precious resource - our children," said Martinez. "Today we continue HUD's investment in making our homes a healthier and safer place for parents to raise their kids."

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes $124 million 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 the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs

In addition, HUD's Operation LEAP (Lead Elimination Action Program) will provide $9.9 million to stimulate private
sector contributions that will enable children to grow up in homes that are free from lead-based paint hazards. HUD will also award $2.4 million in Lead Outreach grants to support public education campaigns on the hazards of lead-based paint and what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, $2.8 million will assist local research institutions to study ways to drive down the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard identification and control.

HUD's lead hazard control program is working. Today, the Department estimates that 26 million fewer homes have lead-based paint compared to 1990 when the program began. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average amount of lead in children's blood has declined by 50 percent from a decade ago. Ten years ago, there was no federal funding for local lead hazard control work in privately owned housing;
today, the HUD program is active in over 250 communities across the country.

Healthy Homes Initiative

HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative builds upon the Department's existing activities in housing-related health and safety issues - including lead hazard control, building structural safety, electrical safety, and fire protection - to address multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home. The Initiative takes a holistic approach to these activities by addressing housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

Included in the funding announced today is more than $5.9 million in demonstration grants to help local communities identify and eliminate housing conditions that contribute to children's disease and injury, such as asthma, lead poisoning, mold exposure, and carbon monoxide contamination. HUD is also providing more than $2 million in technical studies grants to support scientific research into innovative methods of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Lead Hazard Control
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
Operation LEAP
Lead Outreach
Healthy Homes Demonstration
Healthy Homes Technical Studies
Lead Technical Studies

The Atlanta, Georgia grant goes to Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation and is one of the Healthy
Homes Technical Studies Grant awardees. They were awarded $249,864. The Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation has teamed up with industry partners, including the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technical Institute and also a firm that provided mold remediation services, to conduct laboratory experiments to determine the
feasibility of using radar to identify significant hidden moisture accumulation and mold growth. They will also
interview potential users to identify key operational requirements for portable mold detectors and will also conduct
a preliminary evaluation of the cost and feasibility of X-ray and gamma-ray technologies for detecting hidden mold growth.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, 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.


State Name of Grantee Community Program*
AZCochise CountyCochise CountyLHC
CACity of National CityNational CityLHC
CASanta Cruz CountySanta Cruz CountyLHC
CAO.C. Community Development Council, Inc.Garden GroveLEAP
CACity of Los AngelesLos AngelesLHRD
CACity of Los AngelesLos AngelesLPO
CASan Bernardino CountySan BernardinoLHRD
CACity of San DiegoSan DiegoLPO
CACity and County of San FranciscoSan FranciscoLHRD
CTTown of East HartfordEast HartfordLHC
CTState of ConnecticutState of ConnecticutLHC
CTState of ConnecticutHartfordLHRD
DCDistrict of ColumbiaWashington, DCLHC
DCDistrict of ColumbiaWashington, DCLHRD
DCAlliance to End Childhood Lead PoisoningWashington, DCLEAP
DCHoward UniversityWashington, DCLTS
FLCity of JacksonvilleJacksonvilleLHC
GAGeorgia Tech Applied Research CorporationAtlantaHHTS
IACity of DubuqueDubuqueLHC
IACity of WaterlooWaterlooLHC
IDPanhandle Health DistrictCoeur D'AleneLTS
ILCity of ChicagoChicagoLHRD
ILUniversity of IllinoisChampaignLTS
ILUniversity of IllinoisChampaignHHTS
KSState of KansasState of KansasLHC
LACity of New OrleansNew OrleansLHC
LAXavier UniversityNew OrleansLTS
LATulane UniversityNew OrleansHHTS
LAACORN Associates, Inc.New OrleansLEAP
MACity of BostonBostonLHRD
MAThe Medical Foundation, NE Asthma Regional CouncilBostonHHD
MDState of MarylandState of MarylandLHC
MDCity of BaltimoreBaltimoreLHRD
MDNational Coalition for Lead Safe EnvironmentsOlneyLEAP
MDCONNOR Environmental ServicesBaltimoreLEAP
MICity of Grand RapidsGrand RapidsLHC
MICity of Grand RapidsGrand RapidsLHRD
MNHennepin CountyHennepin CountyLHC
MNHennepin CountyMinneapolisLHRD
MNState of MinnesotaState of MinnesotaLHC
MNCity of MinneapolisMinneapolisLPO
MNCity of MinneapolisMinneapolis, St. Paul & Ramsey Co.HHD
MNUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisHHTS
MOCity of Kansas CityKansas CityLPO
MOCity of St. LouisSt. LouisLHRD
NCCity of CharlotteCharlotteLPO
NCResearch Triangle InstituteResearch Triangle ParkLTS
NJState of New JerseyState of New JerseyLHC
NYCity of RochesterRochesterLHC
NYCity of RochesterRochesterLHRD
NYEnvironmental Education AssociatesBuffaloLEAP
NYCity of New YorkNew York CityLPO
NYNY Indoor Environmental Quality Center, IncSyracuseHHD
NYWestchester CountyWestchester CountyLHC
NYWestchester CountyWhite PlainsLHRD
NYCity of New YorkNew YorkLHRD
NYCity of SyracuseSyracuseLHRD
NYDepartment of HealthErie CountyHHD
OHCity of ToledoToledoLHC
OHCity of ClevelandClevelandLHRD
OHCuyahoga County Board of HealthCuyahoga CountyHHD
OHBoard of Mahoning County CommissionersMahoning CountyHHD
OHMahoning CountyYoungstownLHRD
OHUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiLTS
PACity of AllentownAllentownLHC
PACity of ErieErieLHC
PACity of HarrisburgHarrisburgLHC
PACommonwealth of PennsylvaniaCommonwealth of PennsylvaniaLHC
PACity of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaLHRD
RICity of WarwickWarwickLHC
RICity of WoonsocketWoonsocketLHC
TNCity of MemphisMemphisLHRD
TNMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroLEAP
TNShelby CountyShelby CountyLHC
TXCity of El PasoEl PasoLHC
VACity of RoanokeRoanokeLHC
VTCity of BurlingtonBurlingtonLHC
WANeighborhood House, IncSeattleHHD
WICity of MilwaukeeMilwaukeeLHRD
WICity of SheboyganSheboyganLHC

* LHC - Lead Hazard Control Grant Program
   LHRD - Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
   LEAP - Operation Lead Elimination Action Program
   LPO - Lead Paint Outreach Grant Program
   LTS - Lead Technical Studies
   HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies
   HHD - Healthy Homes Demonstration Program



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