HUD Archives: News Releases

Lee Jones
(804) 771-2100, ext. 3743
For Release
October 2, 2003

Roanoke Wins $1.5 Million Grant

WASHINGTON - 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 Roanoke won a $1,543,704 Lead Hazard Control grant, the only jurisdiction in Virginia to be awarded
lead abatement funds under this year's competition. The funds will support the activities of the Lead-Safe Roanoke Advisory Council and will provide lead hazard control work in 75 privately owned units and 25 rental units,
construction of a portable lead-safe house for community outreach, and provide a lead-safe cleaning/education kit
to 500 families. The City of Roanoke will provide $1,066,877 in matching funds.

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

"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.

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

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*
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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