|HUD Region V No. 11-141
Laura J. Feldman
September 20, 2011
HUD AWARDS $1.7 MILLION IN GRANTS TO REDUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS IN INDIANA HOMES
Funding will remove or reduce health and safety hazards in homes
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $1.7 million in grants to children and families living in Marion County from health and safety hazards in their homes. The grants will support efforts to control asthma and allergy triggers such as mold, moisture, mitigate safety hazards in homes, and improve energy efficiency. Grants will also support research to advance methods for hazard reduction.
The grant funding announced today is part of $18 million HUD is awarding nationwide to clean up health hazards in thousands of homes, train workers, and increase public awareness about reducing and preventing health hazards in their homes.
"HUD is committed to providing healthy and safe homes as part of our mission to help make the nation's housing more healthy and sustainable," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants will help communities to protect families and children from significant health and safety hazards."
"The safety and well-being of families is a top priority for HUD," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD?s Midwest Regional Administrator. "We are doing everything in our power to ensure the family home is the healthy sanctuary it should be for Indiana families."
Grant summary: The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County will be awarded $1,713,122 in Healthy Homes Production Grant Program funds to assess a minimum of 400 units for enrollment consideration. Of the 400 units assessed, 150 single-family rental or owner-occupied properties, and 150 multifamily units will be enrolled and receive HHP services. Additionally, funding from HUD will allow HHC to reach 5,000 individuals through education and outreach, and 25 individuals will receive Renovation Repair and Painting certification. The HHP program will continue established partnerships with the following organizations: Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation; Near North Development Corporation; King Park Area Development Corporation; American Lung Association; Environmental Management Institute; Community Action of Greater Indianapolis; South East Neighborhood Development Corporation; Riley Area Development Corporation; United North East Development Corporation; West Indianapolis Development Corporation; Indianapolis Housing Agency; and Indy-East Asset Development.
The funding announced today will go to cities, counties, states and universities to eliminate dangerous health and other safety hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. These funds are provided through HUD?s Healthy Homes Production (HHP), Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies (LTS, HHTS), and Asthma Interventions in Public and Assisted Multifamily Housing (AIPAMH) grant programs.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.