HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-04
Alan Gelfand
(973) 776-7205
For Release
March 2, 2010

Funding to Rutgers University

NEWARK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today is awarding $901,453 in two grants to Rutgers University to make homes healthier and to protect young children from lead poisoning. The grants
announced today are part of more than $13 million awarded to 25 projects nationwide to conduct a wide range of activities that include eliminating lead and housing-related hazards in thousands of homes; training workers in lead
and healthy homes interventions; supporting research to improve home safety efforts; increasing public awareness, and evaluating outreach on controlling housing-based hazards. New Jersey grants are listed below.

Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and have effects lasting into adulthood. In the case of asthma alone, incidences linked directly to housing-related hazards cost the U.S. economy approximately $3.5 billion each year.

"Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy home and yet far too many continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous lead and other health hazards," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants will not only help to clean up lead and other home health hazards but will support innovative new approaches to make all our homes healthier places to live."

In the past year HUD has awarded over $232 million in Lead and Healthy Homes grants, including $100 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; $116 million in Lead Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grants; and $13 million in this announcement for Healthy Homes, Tech Studies and Green Initiatives.

Through the four programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to
eliminate dangerous lead and other key housing-related hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint as well as other housing related health hazards.

Even though lead-based paint was banned for use in the home in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes 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. However, lead is not the only danger threatening families and children in the home. Asthma is now recognized as the leading cause of school and work absences, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.

The funding announced today includes more than $13 million to cities, counties, tribes, universities and non-profit agencies to eliminate dangerous lead and healthy homes hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income
housing units. These funds are provided through HUD's Lead Hazard Control Capacity Building, Healthy Homes Demonstration, Healthy Homes Technical Studies and Green and Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant programs. Seven of the awardees are first-time grantees, receiving approximately $618,000 in an initiative to expand the
reach of HUD`s Lead Hazard Control programs and build capacity within the areas to eliminate lead and other home hazards.


Rutgers University will be awarded $251,453 in Healthy Homes Technical Studies funds to study the effectiveness
of a community-based integrated pest management (IPM) program for bed bugs utilizing both non-chemical and chemical approaches. The study will also develop an affordable bed bug monitoring tool by optimizing bed bug trap designs. It will be implemented, monitored, and evaluated in a bed bug-infested multi-unit apartment building for 18 months. The proposed IPM strategy maximizes the use of non-chemical tools, minimizes the risk of human/insecticide exposure, and improves the effectiveness of current bed bug management programs. Contact: Changlu Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, (732) 932-9552.

Rutgers University will be awarded $650,000 in Green Healthy Homes Technical Studies funds to study the
potential benefits of green housing and maintenance activities on health and indoor air quality in housing for formerly homeless families in the South Bronx, NY. The study will also assess the potential benefits of environmental design
for active living on health outcomes, including obesity. Contact: Clinton Andrews, PhD, Professor, (732) 932-0934, email (


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; andtransform the way HUD does business. More information
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