HUD Archives: News Releases

Kristine Foye
(617) 994-8218
For Release
November 30, 2007

Funding part of $143 million awarded nationwide

Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director joined Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter
to announce $3 million in funding to the City of Nashua to help protect children and families from dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. The City will use the funding to reduce or eliminate lead exposure in 150 low-income households in Nashua. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development
and may even cause death at high levels.

"We are making our homes safer and healthier places in which to raise our children," said HUD regional director
Taylor Caswell. "While we've made great progress in reducing lead poisoning, we will continue working with communities such as Nashua until this preventable disease is banished for good."

This competitive grant, which is being awarded under HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control program, is part of $143 million being awarded nationwide. This is the first time the City of Nashua is receiving Lead Hazard Control funding, which will be used to create a new program - the Nashua Lead Paint Program. With the
grant, eligible residents will be able to receive up to $14,000 to remove dangerous hazards from their homes. For information on how to apply, residents may call (603)589-3087.

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.

Even though lead-based paint was banned for use in the home in 1978, HUD estimates approximately 24 million
homes nationwide 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.

HUD and two of its federal agency partners, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, operate the National Lead Information Clearinghouse, where parents, property owners, and other members of the public can get information about lead hazards and their prevention. The Clearinghouse has a
toll free number, (800) 424-LEAD, and a web site,, both of which provide
information in English and Spanish.


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