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HUD No. 11-205
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Thursday
September 15, 2011

HUD AWARDS $93 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $93 million in grants to 39 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

The grant funding announced today will clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 7,000 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and have effects lasting into adulthood.

"Protecting the health and well-being of children is a top priority for HUD. We know that housing conditions directly affect the health of its occupants," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards."

With these grant awards, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority. It's simple: you can't be healthy if your home is sick. HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part of the Department's effort to help make the nation's housing healthy and sustainable. Along with lead hazard control work, HUD is awarding funds to promote and develop programs to identify and address multiple housing-related health hazards with lead hazard control intervention work.

Through its grant programs, HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint.

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that 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 directs critical funds 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 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. To expand the reach of HUD's Lead Hazard Control Program, more than $4 million of this funding will support new grantees. HUD is also providing nearly $2.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

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

State
Grantee
Amount
 Arizona  City of Phoenix
$2,475,000
 California  City and County of San Francisco
$2,500,000
   City of Pomona
$2,475,000
   City of South Lake Tahoe
$2,000,000
   County of Alameda
$2,134,863
   City of Fresno
$2,475,000
 Connecticut  State of Connecticut
$3,000,000
   City of Waterbury
$2,475,000
 Delaware  City of Wilmington
$2,589,695
 Illinois  City of Chicago
$3,000,000
   Winnebago County Health Department
$2,885,700
   County of Peoria
$2,475,000
   County of Kane
$1,040,796
 Indiana  Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
$3,000,000
 Iowa  City of Davenport
$2,475,000
   Polk County
$2,475,000
   City of Waterloo
$1,705,557
 Kentucky  Kentucky Department for Public Health
$1,099,971
 Massachusetts  City of Boston
$2,475,000
   City of Lynn
$2,469,051
   Malden Redevelopment Authority-City of Malden
$3,000,000
 Michigan  City of Lansing
$1,728,605
   County of Muskegon
$1,100,000
 Minnesota  Hennepin County
$3,000,000
 Missouri  St. Louis Community Development Administration
$3,000,000
 New York  Erie County
$2,375,000
 North Carolina  City of High Point
$2,475,000
 Ohio  City of Columbus
$3,000,000
 Pennsylvania  City of Philadelphia
$3,000,000
   Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie
$2,475,000
 Tennessee  City of Memphis
$3,000,000
 Texas  City of Austin
$2,500,000
   City of San Antonio
$3,000,000
   County of Harris
$2,700,000
   Houston Department of Health and Human Services
$3,000,000
 Vermont  City of Burlington
$2,475,000
 Virginia  City of Petersburg
$1,100,000
   City of Roanoke
$1,855,733
 Wisconsin  City of Waukesha
$1,100,000
  TOTAL
$93,109,971

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