HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 05-129
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685 x7527
For Release
September 21, 2005

Funding targeted to programs to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - Thousands of children and families in 26 states will live in healthier and safer homes because of more than $139 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. The grants will help 62 local projects around the country to conduct a wide range of activities including cleaning up lead-based paint hazards and improving living conditions of lower income families (see attached chart).

Through seven grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; funds model programs that promote healthier and safer home environments; and, supports scientific research into innovative methods to identify and eliminate health hazards in housing.

"Families need a safe and healthy home to raise their kids," said Jackson. "The funding we announce today supports programs that protect children from a variety of health and safety hazards and represents another step toward ending childhood lead poisoning once and for all."

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes nearly $123 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 $4 million to encourage private sector contributions that will enable children to grow up in homes that are free from lead-based paint hazards. HUD will also award $2.3 million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, nearly $1.7 million will assist research to study methods to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard control strategies.

Healthy Homes Initiative

A variety of preventable health and safety hazards threaten children every year. For example, excessive dust or moisture in the home can trigger asthma. Injuries from scalding, electrical shock or carbon monoxide poisoning can easily be prevented with modest home repairs. 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 nearly $6 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 $2.5 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:

Program Award Amount
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control in Privately Owned Housing
Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants
Lead Technical Studies Grants
Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP)
Lead Outreach Grants
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program
Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants

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 and


NOTE: Complete individual project summaries are available on HUD's website.

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

 State  Grantee  Program*  Amount
Arizona City of Phoenix LHC - Renewal
California Esperanza Community Housing Corporation HHD
  City of Los Angeles LHC
  City of Los Angeles LHRD
  City of Los Angeles LOR
  Riverside County, Dept. Of Public Health LHC
  City of National City HHD
  County of Alameda LHC - Renewal
  San Diego Housing Commission LHC
  San Diego Housing Commission LHRD
Colorado City and County of Denver LHC
Connecticut City of New Britain LHC
  City of New Haven LHC
  City of Waterbury LHC
Iowa City of Cedar Rapids LHC
  City of Marshalltown LHC
Illinois City of Chicago LHC - Renewal
  City of Chicago LHRD
  City of Rock Island LHC
Indiana Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County LHC
  Purdue University HHTS
Kentucky Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government LHC
Louisiana Tulane University Health Sciences Center HHTS
  ACORN Associates Inc. LEAP
Maine Maine State Housing Authority LHC
Massachusetts Commonwealth of Massachusetts LHC
  President & Fellows of Harvard College HHTS
  City of Lowell LHC
Maryland Coalition To End Childhood Lead Poisoning LEAP
  Baltimore City Health Department LHRD
  National Center for Healthy Housing HHTS
Michigan City of Grand Rapids LHRD
  State of Michigan HHD
Minnesota Hennepin County LHRD
  City of Minneapolis LOR
Missouri Kansas City Missouri Health Department LHC
  Kansas City Missouri Health Department LOR
  Saint Louis University HHTS
  Saint Louis University LTS
North Carolina Research Triangle Institute LTS
Nebraska City of Omaha LHC
New York County of Erie LHC
  County of Erie LOR
  Chautauqua County LHC
  City of New York LHC
  City of New York LHRD
  City of New York LOR
Ohio City of Akron LHC - Renewal
  Case Western Reserve University HHD
  University of Cincinnati LTS
Oregon Multnomah County Health Department HHD
Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia HHD
  City of Philadelphia LHC
  City of Philadelphia LHRD
  City of Philadelphia LTS
Tennessee City of Memphis LHRD
Texas City of Fort Worth LHC
  Houston Department of Health and Human Services LHC
Virginia City of Lynchburg LHC
  Commonwealth of Virginia - Dept. of Housing and Community Development LHC
Vermont Vermont Housing Conservation Board LHC
Washington State of Washington LHC

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

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