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HUD No. 04-093
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685 x7527

For Release
September 27, 2004

Jackson announces $168 million to protect thousands of children and families from dangerous lead and other home hazards
Funding builds on remarkable success of HUD programs in healthy housing

WASHINGTON - Thousands of children and families in 28 states and the District of Columbia will live in healthier homes because of nearly $168 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. The grants, provided through seven HUD programs, will help 72 local projects around the country to conduct a wide range of activities to improve the conditions of families living in lower income housing, including:

  • 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.

"Every family deserves a safe and healthy home to raise their children," said Jackson. "The funding we announce today will help protect children from dangerous lead, fund important research into healthier housing and will create other public and private investment to improve the living conditions of thousands of homes."

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes more than $145 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 $8.9 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 $1.9 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, $1.7 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 has a remarkable track record. Since the program began in 1990, more than 26 million fewer homes have lead-based paint. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of lead-poisoned children in the U.S. declined by half in the past decade. Today, HUD's program is active in over 115 communities, helping to clean up lead hazards in low-income, privately owned housing.

Healthy Homes Initiative

Every year, children are harmed or become ill at home from a variety of preventable health and safety hazards. For example, childhood diseases such as asthma can be triggered by excessive dust or moisture in the home. Simple home repairs can often prevent injuries from scalding, electrical shock or carbon monoxide poisoning. HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative addresses a multiple of these and other childhood diseases and injuries in the home by taking a holistic approach and addresses housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

The funding announced today includes more than $6.7 million in demonstration grants to 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 investing more than $2.6 million to support scientific research into new ways of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Lead Hazard Control $96,022,135
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration $49,705,000
Operation LEAP $8,946,900
Lead Outreach $1,926,626
Healthy Homes Demonstration $6,710,369
Healthy Homes Technical Studies $2,683,341
Lead Technical Studies $1,721,454
Total $167,715,825

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 as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and .


NOTE: Complete individual project summaries are available.

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

State Name of Grantee (Community) Program * Award Amount
Alabama City of Birmingham LHC $2,998,957
Arizona Southwest Fair Housing Council LOR $496,171
California City of Long Beach LHC Renewal 3,000,000
  City of Long Beach HHD $923,132
  City of Pomona LHC $2,992,695
  County of Riverside, Community Health Agency HHD $1,000,000
  State of California LHC $3,000,000
  City and County of San Francisco LHC $3,000,000
Colorado Apartment Investment & Management Co. (AIMCO) LEAP $1,981,258
  Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center HHTS $679,649
Connecticut City of Bridgeport LHC $3,000,000
  City of New London LHC Renewal 2,452,796
  The ACCESS Agency, Inc. LEAP $1,720,000
District of Columbia Howard University LTS $750,000
Delaware Delaware Health and Social Services LHC $2,961,903
Florida City of Miami LHC $3,000,000
Georgia Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation HHTS $468,890
Illinois Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign HHTS $576,896
  Madison County, IL LHRD $782,654
  Illinois Dept. of Public Health LHC $4,000,000
Louisiana Acorn Associates, Inc. LEAP $2,000,000
Massachusetts City of Boston LHRD $4,000,000
  City of Cambridge LHC $3,000,000
  City of Lawrence LHC $3,000,000
Maryland City of Baltimore LHRD $4,000,000
Maine City of Portland LHC Renewal 1,500,000
Michigan City of Detroit LHRD $4,000,000
  Saginaw County LHC $3,000,000
Minnesota City of Minneapolis LHC $3,000,000
Missouri St Louis County HHD $876,731
  City of St. Louis LHRD $4,000,000
  City of St. Louis LHC Renewal 3,000,000
North Carolina City of Charlotte LHC Renewal 3,000,000
  City of Greensboro LHC Renewal 3,000,000
New Jersey City of Newark LHRD $4,000,000
New York City of Albany, New York LHC $3,000,000
  City of Albany, New York LHRD $4,000,000
  City of Buffalo LHRD $1,495,884
  Environmental Education Associates, Erie LEAP $1,245,642
  New York City LOR $500,000
  New York City LHRD $4,000,000
  City of Rochester LHRD $2,499,310
  City of Syracuse LHC $3,000,000
  Onondaga County LHC Renewal 3,000,000
Ohio City of Columbus LHC Renewal 2,999,817
  Columbus Health Dept. HHD $999,968
  Cuyahoga County Board of Health LHC Renewal 3,000,000
  City of Springfield LHC Renewal 3,000,000
  Mahoning County LHC $3,000,000
  University of Cincinnati LTS $380,498
Oregon City of Portland LHC Renewal 3,000,000
Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia LHRD $4,000,000
  Philadelphia Housing Authority HHD $1,000,000
  Healthy Homes Resources, Pittsburgh HHD $910,875
  City of Pittston LHC $2,951,644
Rhode Island City of Providence LHRD $3,927,152
  State of Rhode Island LHC Renewal 3,152,446
  Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission LOR $511,146
Texas Houston Dept. of Health & Human Services LHRD $3,000,000
  City of San Antonio LHC $2,000,000
  Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio HHTS $957,906
  The University of Texas at San Antonio LTS $186,242
Utah Weber-Morgan Health Dept. LHC $2,720,923
  Salt Lake County LHRD $2,000,000
Virginia Edenspace Systems Corporation LTS $404,714
  Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk HHD $999,663
  United Parents Against Lead National, Inc., Richmond LEAP $2,000,000
Washington City of Spokane LHC $2,290,954
Wisconsin Wisconsin Dept. of Administration LHC $3,000,000
  Milwaukee Health Dept. LHC $3,000,000
  Milwaukee Health Dept. LOR $419,309
  Milwaukee Health Dept. LHRD $4,000,000
Total Funding Awarded $167,715,825

LHC - Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
LHC Renewal - Lead Hazard Control Competitive Performance- Based Renewal Grants
HHD - Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program
HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program
LTS - Lead Technical Studies Grant Program
LEAP - Operation Lead Elimination Action Grant Program
LOR - Lead Outreach Grant Program
LHRD - Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

Content Archived: April 22, 2010