October 6, 2009
HUD ANNOUNCES $118 MILLION NATIONWIDE TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HEALTH HAZARDS
Six localities in New York to receive over $15 million in grants
NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $118 million nationwide in grants to 46 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities that include eliminating lead hazards in more than 9,000 homes; training workers in lead safety methods; increasing public awareness about childhood lead poisoning; and evaluating outreach on controlling housing-based hazards. The awards were announced by HUD Secretary
Shaun Donovan yesterday at the Council on Foundations conference in San Antonio, Texas. Six localities in New
York States will receive a total of $15,089,121. (A listing of New York Grantees is below). Lead is a known toxin
that can impair children's development and have effects lasting into adulthood and other materials in the home can trigger allergic responses and asthma.
"To grow up healthy, children need to live in healthy homes," said Secretary Donovan. "HUD is helping communities around the nation protect children from lead poisoning as part of HUD's effort to help make the nation`s housing healthy, green, energy efficient and sustainable."
HUD awarded grants to the following programs:
|Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control||$69,034,591|
|Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program||$48,000,000|
|Lead Outreach Grants||$1,184,386|
|Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants||$326,962|
Through these four grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts
to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint and other housing hazards. A complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants can be found on HUD's website.
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.
The funding included more than $117 million to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards
in thousands of privately owned, low-income housing units. HUD awarded almost $1.2 million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Finally, HUD awarded nearly $327,000 in a Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant to improve understanding of housing-related factors that affect the health of children in housing.
|New York State Grantees|
|County /City||Type of Grant||
|City of Rochester||LBPHC||
|City of Syracuse||LHRD||
HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies
LHC - Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
LHRD - Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program
LOR - Lead Outreach Grant Program
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 and espanol.hud.gov.