HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 06-118MN
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
September 21, 2006

City of Minneapolis and University of Minnesota receive almost $1.5 million

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today awarded more than $118 million
in grants to dozens of state and local communities, public health organizations and scientific research institutions to better protect children and families from dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

In addition, HUD is making available another $39 million in funding to clean up lead hazards in communities with the greatest need, specifically cities with a high incidence of lead poisoning and older homes. To facilitate the greatest number of applicants for these grants, HUD will be aggressively promoting the Department's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program to mayors and county officials of every eligible jurisdiction across the country.

"Today, we take another step closer toward ending childhood lead poisoning and making our homes safer and
healthier places in which to raise our children," said Jackson. "While we’ve made great progress in reducing lead poisoning, we cannot rest until we banish this preventable disease to the history books."

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:


Award Amount

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control in Privately Owned Housing


Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program


Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP)


Lead Technical Studies Grants


Lead Outreach Grants


Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants


Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants



HUD grants will help 63 state and local projects around the country to conduct a wide range of activities including cleaning up lead-based paint hazards and improving living conditions of lower income families. Through 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.

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes $102 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 the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. In addition, HUD's Operation LEAP (Lead Elimination Action Program) will provide nearly $6 million to encourage 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 million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, nearly $2.8 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. For example, excessive dust or moisture in the home can trigger asthma. Injuries from scalding, electrical shock or carbon monoxide poisoning can easily be prevented with modest home repairs. HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative addresses these and other childhood diseases and injuries in the home by taking a holistic approach, and approaches housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

The funding announced today includes nearly $3.8 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 more than $1.5 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


Minnesota recipients include:


Program *


City of Minneapolis Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

The City of Minneapolis Dept. of Environmental Management and Safety will be awarded $1,000,000 in federal funds to develop and demonstrate cost-effective and replicable interventions to remediate allergens, lead, mold, and other home-based health hazards in inner-city housing. Three hundred and fifty households will be assessed (including thirty in-home daycares) and three hundred and forty will receive interventions for air quality, mold and moisture, lead hazards, radon, ventilation, pests and vermin, trip/fall hazards, fire hazards, and other home based hazards. Assessment will focus on the reduction of asthma triggers and safety concerns in the environment. Education on housing based environmental health and safety issues will be provided to all program participants. The expected health outcomes are changes in asthma symptoms and functional limitations; change in number of hospitalizations; change in number of ER visits; change in number of school absences; number of patients with recommended asthma medications for severity level; number of patients with written asthma action plan. Additional outcomes to be evaluated will include data management, the demonstrated sustainability of interventions, and a return on investment analysis. Contact: Lisa Smestad, Manager, (612) 673-3733.




University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota will be awarded $490,000 in federal funds to: (1) estimate the variability in the bulk dust and allergen collection efficiency for four vacuum samplers commonly used in allergen health effects studies; (2) quantify the effect of key environmental and sampler characteristics on allergen collection efficiency; (3) to develop an empirical model that adjusts for varying collection efficiency, with the goal of making between-and within-study comparisons feasible, and supporting the development of health-based guidelines for allergens. The applicant will develop a reference dust using bulk dust obtained from a recently completed HUD-funded allergen intervention study. Contact: John Adgate, Associate Professor, (612) 624-2601.



* HHD - Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program
   HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program

NOTE: A state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today and complete individual project summaries are available on HUD's website.


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