HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 03-33
Adam Glantz
(212) 264-1100
For Release
October 1, 2003

New York City To Receive over $3 Million

NEW YORK - Thousands of children and families in 27 states and the District of Columbia will live in healthier homes due to more than $147 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel
Martinez. Martinez made today's record funding announcement to officially launch National Healthy Homes Month during October.

The grants will help 70 local programs around the country to remove potentially dangerous lead from lower income homes; to stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; to educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; to fund model programs promoting healthier and safer home environments; and, to support
scientific research into innovative methods of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing (see attached
list). New York City will receive $2,600,000 under HUD's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program and
$500,000 under the Department's Lead Outreach Grant Program.

"Whether it's eliminating lead hazards in housing or studying new ways to make our homes healthier, the funds we announce today are all designed to protect our most precious resource - our children," said Martinez. "Today we continue HUD's investment in making our homes a healthier and safer place for parents to raise their kids."

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes $124 million 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
and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs.

In addition, HUD's Operation LEAP (Lead Elimination Action Program) will provide $9.9 million to stimulate private sector contributions that will enable children to grow up in homes that are free from lead-based paint hazards. HUD will also award $2.4 million in Lead Outreach grants to support public education campaigns on the hazards of lead-based paint and what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, $2.8 million will assist local research institutions to study ways to drive down the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard identification and control.

HUD's lead hazard control program is working. Today, the Department estimates that 26 million fewer homes have lead-based paint compared to 1990 when the program began. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average amount of lead in children's blood has declined by 50 percent from a decade ago. Ten years ago, there was no federal funding for local lead hazard control work in privately owned housing;
today, the HUD program is active in over 250 communities across the country.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Lead Hazard Control
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
Operation LEAP
Lead Outreach
Healthy Homes Demonstration
Healthy Homes Technical Studies
Lead Technical Studies

Below is a description of New York City's awards plus a listing identifying all grantees nationwide.

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant

The City of New York will be awarded $2,600,000 to assist the city's on-going commitment to eliminating lead-based paint hazards and childhood lead poisoning. The city intends to make 425 homes lead-safe by focusing on high-risk neighborhoods in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Moderate rehabilitation loans, weatherization grants, and federal lead grant funding will support these projects for owners and tenants living in units built before 1940. Community-based organizations including the Brooklyn Housing and Family Services (BHFS), St. Nicholas
Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, and HANAC, Inc will partner with the city and provide trained staff,
outreach services to owners for building improvements, youth services, and referral services for immigrant

Outreach Grant

The City of New York will conduct lead outreach in two high-risk communities: Astoria (in Queens) and East Flatbush/Flatbush (in Brooklyn). The City will partner with two-community based organizations, hardware stores
and the Office of Code Enforcement to accomplish three objectives: 1) enroll units in lead hazard control programs,
2) educate owners, tenants and contractors about lead safety, and 3) enroll owners of multifamily housing buildings
in the Voluntary Repair Program of the Office of Code Enforcement to bring the buildings up to code and reduce
lead hazards.


The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:

State Name of Grantee Community Program*
AZ Cochise County Cochise County LHC
CA City of National City National City LHC
CA Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz County LHC
CA O.C. Community Development Council, Inc. Garden Grove LEAP
CA City of Los Angeles Los Angeles LHRD
CA City of Los Angeles Los Angeles LPO
CA San Bernardino County San Bernardino LHRD
CA City of San Diego San Diego LPO
CA City and County of San Francisco San Francisco LHRD
CT Town of East Hartford East Hartford LHC
CT State of Connecticut State of Connecticut LHC
CT State of Connecticut Hartford LHRD
DC District of Columbia Washington, DC LHC
DC District of Columbia Washington, DC LHRD
DC Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Washington, DC LEAP
DC Howard University Washington, DC LTS
FL City of Jacksonville Jacksonville LHC
GA Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation Atlanta HHTS
IA City of Dubuque Dubuque LHC
IA City of Waterloo Waterloo LHC
ID Panhandle Health District Coeur D'Alene LTS
IL City of Chicago Chicago LHRD
IL University of Illinois Champaign LTS
IL University of Illinois Champaign HHTS
KS State of Kansas State of Kansas LHC
LA City of New Orleans New Orleans LHC
LA Xavier University New Orleans LTS
LA Tulane University New Orleans HHTS
LA ACORN Associates, Inc. New Orleans LEAP
MA City of Boston Boston LHRD
MA The Medical Foundation, NE Asthma Regional Council Boston HHD
MD State of Maryland State of Maryland LHC
MD City of Baltimore Baltimore LHRD
MD National Coalition for Lead Safe Environments Olney LEAP
MD CONNOR Environmental Services Baltimore LEAP
MI City of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids LHC
MI City of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids LHRD
MN Hennepin County Hennepin County LHC
MN Hennepin County Minneapolis LHRD
MN State of Minnesota State of Minnesota LHC
MN City of Minneapolis Minneapolis LPO
MN City of Minneapolis Minneapolis, St. Paul & Ramsey Co. HHD
MN University of Minnesota Minneapolis HHTS
MO City of Kansas City Kansas City LPO
MO City of St. Louis St. Louis LHRD
NC City of Charlotte Charlotte LPO
NC Research Triangle Institute Research Triangle Park LTS
NJ State of New Jersey State of New Jersey LHC
NY City of Rochester Rochester LHC
NY City of Rochester Rochester LHRD
NY Environmental Education Associates Buffalo LEAP
NY City of New York New York City LPO
NY NY Indoor Environmental Quality Center, Inc Syracuse HHD
NY Westchester County Westchester County LHC
NY Westchester County White Plains LHRD
NY City of New York New York LHRD
NY City of Syracuse Syracuse LHRD
NY Department of Health Erie County HHD
OH City of Toledo Toledo LHC
OH City of Cleveland Cleveland LHRD
OH Cuyahoga County Board of Health Cuyahoga County HHD
OH Board of Mahoning County Commissioners Mahoning County HHD
OH Mahoning County Youngstown LHRD
OH University of Cincinnati Cincinnati LTS
PA City of Allentown Allentown LHC
PA City of Erie Erie LHC
PA City of Harrisburg Harrisburg LHC
PA Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Commonwealth of Pennsylvania LHC
PA City of Philadelphia Philadelphia LHRD
RI City of Warwick Warwick LHC
RI City of Woonsocket Woonsocket LHC
TN City of Memphis Memphis LHRD
TN Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro LEAP
TN Shelby County Shelby County LHC
TX City of El Paso El Paso LHC
VA City of Roanoke Roanoke LHC
VT City of Burlington Burlington LHC
WA Neighborhood House, Inc Seattle HHD
WI City of Milwaukee Milwaukee LHRD
WI City of Sheboygan Sheboygan LHC

* LHC - Lead Hazard Control Grant Program
   LHRD - Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
   LEAP - Operation Lead Elimination Action Program
   LPO - Lead Paint Outreach Grant Program
   LTS - Lead Technical Studies
   HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies
   HHD - Healthy Homes Demonstration Program


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