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HUD No. 07-130
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Thursday
September 13, 2007

HUD ANNOUNCES $143 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS
HUD grants to support 65 local programs in 23 states across the country

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $143 million in grants to dozens of state and local communities, public health organizations and scientific research institutions to help protect children and families from dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. The funding announced today is expected to reduce or eliminate lead exposure in more than 10,500 homes nationally, and reduce levels of allergy-inducing substances in more than 780 homes. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and may even cause death at high levels.

"Today, we are making our homes safer and healthier places in which to raise our children," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "In particular, HUD is awarding these grants as part of our commitment to help communities eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010."

HUD and two of its federal agency partners, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, operate the National Lead Information Clearinghouse, where parents, property owners, and other members of the public can get information about lead hazards and their prevention. The Clearinghouse has a toll free number, (800) 424-LEAD, and a website, both of which provide information in English and Spanish.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Grant Program

Award Amount

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control in Privately Owned Housing

$76,400,000

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

$54,700,000

Lead Outreach Grants

$1,187,519

Lead Technical Studies

$3,499,997

Healthy Homes Demonstration

$4,986,974

Healthy Homes Technical Studies

$2,000,000

TOTAL

$142,774,490

HUD grants will help 65 state and 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. Through these six grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead and other hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint; and supports scientific research into innovative methods to identify and eliminate health hazards in housing. A complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today can be found on HUD's website.

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

Even though lead-based paint was banned for use in the home in 1978, HUD estimates 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 announced today includes $131 million to cities, counties and states 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. HUD will also award $1.2 million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, $3.5 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. The funding announced today includes nearly $5 million in demonstration grants to identify and eliminate housing conditions that contribute to children's disease and injury, such as asthma, mold exposure, and carbon monoxide contamination. HUD is also investing $2 million to support scientific research into new ways of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.

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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.

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

State

Grantee

Program *

Amount

Arizona

City of Tucson

LBPHC

$3,000,000

California

City of Concord

LBPHC

$1,389,228

City of San Diego

HHD

$999,913

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

LOR

$400,000

Silver Lake Research Corporation

LTS

$471,116

Connecticut

City of Bridgeport

LBPHC

$3,000,000

District of Columbia

Alliance for Healthy Homes

LTS

$413,354

Housing Counseling Services, Inc

LOR

$400,000

Delaware

State of Delaware

LBPHC

$2,996,866

Iowa

City of Davenport

LBPHC

$2,273,039

City of Waterloo

LBPHC

$1,510,597

Illinois

Children's Memorial Hospital

LOR

$387,519

City of Chicago

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Kankakee

LBPHC

$3,000,000

  State of Illinois LBPHC
$3,000,000
  Will County LHRD
$1,500,000

Indiana

Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County

LHRD

$2,920,290

Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center Corporation

HHTS

$855,655

City of Lawrence

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Worcester

LBPHC

$2,926,802

Maryland

City of Baltimore

LHRD

$3,897,094

Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Inc.

HHD

$1,000,000

National Center for Healthy Housing

HHD

$999,374

National Center for Healthy Housing

LTS

$658,625

Maine

City of Portland

LBPHC

$1,525,172

Michigan

Charter County of Wayne

LHRD

$3,000,000

City of Muskegon

LBPHC

$2,079,492

Minnesota

American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest

HHD

$999,769

Hennepin County

LBPHC

$3,000,000

Hennepin County

LHRD

$4,000,000

State of Minnesota

LBPHC

$1,413,100

Missouri

Kansas City

LHRD

$394,770

Saint Louis University

LTS

$530,606

The Children s Mercy Hospital

HHD

$987,918

North Carolina

City of Greensboro

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Rocky Mount

LBPHC

$2,765,585

Research Triangle Institute

LTS

$448,276

Nebraska

City of Omaha

LHRD

$2,000,000

New Hampshire

City of Nashua

LBPHC

$3,000,000

New Jersey

City of Newark

LHRD

$4,000,000

County of Union

LHRD

$4,000,000

City of New York

LBPHC

$3,000,000

New York

City of New York

LHRD

$4,000,000

City of Syracuse

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Syracuse

LHRD

$4,000,000

Ohio

Battelle Memorial Institute

LTS

$407,090

Case Western Reserve University

HHTS

$359,197

City of Cincinnati

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Columbus

LHRD

$4,000,000

City of Newark

LBPHC

$1,500,000

City of Springfield

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Toledo

LHRD

$3,860,036

Cuyahoga County

LBPHC

$3,000,000

Cuyahoga County

LHRD

$4,000,000

Mahoning County

LBPHC

$3,000,000

University of Cincinnati

HHTS

$785,148

University of Cincinnati

LTS

$328,020

University of Cincinnati

LTS

$242,910

Pennsylvania

City of Erie

LBPHC

$3,000,000

City of Harrisburg

LBPHC

$2,154,490

Texas

City of Houston

LHRD

$3,000,000

City of San Antonio

LHRD

$4,000,000

County of Harris

LHRD

$2,127,810

Vermont

City of Burlington

LBPHC

$2,865,629

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

LBPHC

$3,000,000

Total:

$142,774,490

* HHD - Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program
HHTS - Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program
LBPHC - Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
LHRD - Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
LOR - Lead Outreach Grant Program
LTS - Lead Technical Studies Grant Program

 
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