HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 03-002
Yvonne Leander
(901) 544-3403
For Release
October 2, 2003

Record funding kicks off October as National Healthy Homes Month
Memphis & Shelby County Receive $5.6 Million

MEMPHIS - 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 City of Memphis and Shelby County Governments are receiving a total of $5,599,715.

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.

"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 Control 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.

Healthy Homes Initiative

HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative builds upon the Department's existing activities in housing-related health and safety issues - including lead hazard control, building structural safety, electrical safety, and fire protection - to address multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home. The Initiative takes a holistic approach to these activities by addressing housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

Included in the funding announced today is more than $5.9 million in demonstration grants to help local communities identify and eliminate housing conditions that contribute to children's disease and injury, such as asthma, lead poisoning, mold exposure, and carbon monoxide contamination. HUD is also providing more than $2 million in technical studies grants to support scientific research into innovative methods of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.

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

Shelby County will be awarded $3,000,000 to make 191 houses lead-safe and expand the pool of qualified contractors available to do lead hazard control. In addition, Shelby County will include blood lead testing on children under six and increase awareness of the hazards of lead-based paint as part of their overall program. Shelby
County's Department of Housing (SCDH) will partner with the City of Memphis to receive quality assurance and job monitoring services, and Shelby County's Health Department to conduct blood level testing and clearance testing services. SCDH will work with the Shelby County Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Program, the Shelby County Weatherization Assistance Program, and the City of Memphis Minor Home Repair Program to coordinate rehabilitation efforts with lead hazard control. SCDH will work with the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church, Metropolitan Faith Association to provide key education and outreach activities in the target area. Additionally, SCDH will partner with Buehler Affordable Homes in order to make affordable rental property in the Memphis Renewal Community lead-safe. Shelby County will provide $1,841,597 in local matching funds.

The City of Memphis will be awarded $2,599,715 to build upon its recent success in lead hazard awareness and abatement by creating a new program, the Lead Hazard Risk Reduction Initiative (LHRRI). The LHRRI will coordinate program-marketing efforts with community partners, including local health agencies, community development corporations, and other faith- and community-based organizations. Through the program, the city intends to
complete 500 lead-based paint evaluations and eliminate or control lead-based hazards in 285 units. While rental
units will be primarily selected for work under the new initiative, other units occupied by lead-poisoned children will also be included in the program. In addition, the program will develop and maintain a registry for referral and
marketing of lead-safe rental housing to low-income families with children under six years of age.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.

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

State Name of Grantee Community Program* Funding
AZCochise CountyCochise CountyLHC
CACity of National CityNational CityLHC
CASanta Cruz CountySanta Cruz CountyLHC
CAO.C. Community Development Council, Inc.Garden GroveLEAP
CACity of Los AngelesLos AngelesLHRD
CACity of Los AngelesLos AngelesLPO
CASan Bernardino CountySan BernardinoLHRD
CACity of San DiegoSan DiegoLPO
CACity and County of San FranciscoSan FranciscoLHRD
CTTown of East HartfordEast HartfordLHC
CTState of ConnecticutState of ConnecticutLHC
CTState of ConnecticutHartfordLHRD
DCDistrict of ColumbiaWashington, DCLHC
DCDistrict of ColumbiaWashington, DCLHRD
DCAlliance to End Childhood Lead PoisoningWashington, DCLEAP
DCHoward UniversityWashington, DCLTS
FLCity of JacksonvilleJacksonvilleLHC
GAGeorgia Tech Applied Research CorporationAtlantaHHTS
IACity of DubuqueDubuqueLHC
IACity of WaterlooWaterlooLHC
IDPanhandle Health DistrictCoeur D'AleneLTS
ILCity of ChicagoChicagoLHRD
ILUniversity of IllinoisChampaignLTS
ILUniversity of IllinoisChampaignHHTS
KSState of KansasState of KansasLHC
LACity of New OrleansNew OrleansLHC
LAXavier UniversityNew OrleansLTS
LATulane UniversityNew OrleansHHTS
LAACORN Associates, Inc.New OrleansLEAP
MACity of BostonBostonLHRD
MAThe Medical Foundation, NE Asthma Regional CouncilBostonHHD
MDState of MarylandState of MarylandLHC
MDCity of BaltimoreBaltimoreLHRD
MDNational Coalition for Lead Safe EnvironmentsOlneyLEAP
MDCONNOR Environmental ServicesBaltimoreLEAP
MICity of Grand RapidsGrand RapidsLHC
MICity of Grand RapidsGrand RapidsLHRD
MNHennepin CountyHennepin CountyLHC
MNHennepin CountyMinneapolisLHRD
MNState of MinnesotaState of MinnesotaLHC
MNCity of MinneapolisMinneapolisLPO
MNCity of MinneapolisMinneapolis, St. Paul & Ramsey Co.HHD
MNUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisHHTS
MOCity of Kansas CityKansas CityLPO
MOCity of St. LouisSt. LouisLHRD
NCCity of CharlotteCharlotteLPO
NCResearch Triangle InstituteResearch Triangle ParkLTS
NJState of New JerseyState of New JerseyLHC
NYCity of RochesterRochesterLHC
NYCity of RochesterRochesterLHRD
NYEnvironmental Education AssociatesBuffaloLEAP
NYCity of New YorkNew York CityLPO
NYNY Indoor Environmental Quality Center, IncSyracuseHHD
NYWestchester CountyWestchester CountyLHC
NYWestchester CountyWhite PlainsLHRD
NYCity of New YorkNew YorkLHRD
NYCity of SyracuseSyracuseLHRD
NYDepartment of HealthErie CountyHHD
OHCity of ToledoToledoLHC
OHCity of ClevelandClevelandLHRD
OHCuyahoga County Board of HealthCuyahoga CountyHHD
OHBoard of Mahoning County CommissionersMahoning CountyHHD
OHMahoning CountyYoungstownLHRD
OHUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiLTS
PACity of AllentownAllentownLHC
PACity of ErieErieLHC
PACity of HarrisburgHarrisburgLHC
PACommonwealth of PennsylvaniaCommonwealth of PennsylvaniaLHC
PACity of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaLHRD
RICity of WarwickWarwickLHC
RICity of WoonsocketWoonsocketLHC
TN City of Memphis Memphis LHRD
TN Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro LEAP
TN Shelby County Shelby County LHC
TXCity of El PasoEl PasoLHC
VACity of RoanokeRoanokeLHC
VTCity of BurlingtonBurlingtonLHC
WANeighborhood House, IncSeattleHHD
WICity of MilwaukeeMilwaukeeLHRD
WICity of SheboyganSheboyganLHC

* 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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