|HUD No. 09-20-2011
Joseph J. Phillips
September 20, 2011
HUD AWARDS $541,179 IN GRANTS TO REDUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS IN NORTH CAROLINA HOMES
Funding will remove or reduce health and safety hazards in homes
GREENSBORO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $541,179 in grants to children and families living in North Carolina 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 Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. "This grant will help North Carolina communities to protect families and children from significant health and safety hazards."
North Carolina State Universitywill be awarded $541,179 in Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant funds to (a) improve the cost/benefit relationship of choice of pest control tactics in residential settings; (b) reduce potential human health risks from cockroaches and the pesticides used by consumers to control infestations; and (c) assess the efficacy of pesticide foggers when used for cockroach control. This study will provide science‐based support and step-by-step approaches for safe cockroach control that can readily be implemented in low-income housing.
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.
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