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HUD No. 18-149
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
For Release
December 19, 2018

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $139 million to 48 state and local government agencies to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the grant announcement today during an event with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services to unveil the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure ( The Federal Lead Action Plan is a blueprint for reducing lead exposure through collaboration among federal agencies to diminish childhood exposure to lead from lead-based paint and other sources.

These grants are provided through HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead-Based Paint and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing. These grants include nearly $18 million through HUD's Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards unrelated to lead-based paint.

These investments will protect families and children by targeting health hazards in approximately 6,500 low-income homes with significant lead and health hazards. HUD's lead hazard control grant programs have successfully filled critical needs for remediating housing hazards, focusing on the most vulnerable residents of communities with limited local resources to address these hazards.

"Today, we take another important step toward creating safer and healthier homes for families and their children," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "At HUD, one of our most important missions is to provide people with safe and reliable housing, and these grants will help states and local communities eliminate lead-based paint and other health hazards from low-income homes."

"Millions of families live in housing that threatens their health and safety," said Matthew Ammon, Director of HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. "This year, HUD is expanding our reach into 16 cities for the first time to directly support their efforts to identify and clean up potentially dangerous hazards like lead and mold."

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; supports cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards; and educates the public about the dangers of hazards in the home. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today
(* 16 communities are first-time HUD lead hazard control grantees):

State Name of Organization
Lead Based Paint Hazard
Reduction (LBPHR) Amount
Healthy Homes Supplemental
Funding (HHI)
Alabama City of Birmingham $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
California City of Long Beach $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
Colorado Pueblo County* $1,059,857 $135,000 $1,194,857
Connecticut City of New London $1,584,624 $260,000 $1,844,624
Iowa City of Sioux City $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
City of Marshalltown $2,999,788 $450,000 $3,449,788
City of Dubuque $2,999,968 $581,000 $3,580,968
*City of Council Bluffs $2,000,000 $300,000 $2,300,000
Illinois Illinois Department of Commerce $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
City of Chicago $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
City of Kankakee $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
City of Moline $2,240,000 $160,000 $2,400,000
Indiana City of South Bend $2,000,000 $300,000 $2,300,000
City of Michigan City* $2,000,000 $300,000 $2,300,000
City of Fort Wayne $3,022,945 $157,000 $3,179,945
Kansas City of Wichita* $1,667,173 $0 $1,667,173
Kentucky City of Covington* $1,374,012 $0 $1,374,012
Massachusetts City of Springfield $2,000,000 $300,000 $2,300,000
City of Quincy* $2,000,000 $0 $2,000,000
Maryland Baltimore City $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
Michigan State of Michigan $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
City of Detroit $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
City of Flint* $1,999,437 $300,000 $2,299,437
City of Kalamazoo* $1,999,362 $0 $1,999,362
Missouri County of St. Louis $2,514,514.50 $100,000 $2,614,514.50
Mississippi Mississippi State Department of Health* $1,579,163 $200,000 $1,779,163
North Carolina City of Durham $2,659,253 $303,000 $2,962,253
City of Greenville $1,600,000.28 $300,000 $1,900,000.28
Nebraska City of Omaha $2,506,271 $600,000 $3,106,271
New Hampshire Manchester $3,094,854 $600,000 $3,694,854
New Jersey State of New Jersey $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
City of East Orange* $1,300,000 $300,000 $1,600,000
New York City of Utica $2,932,078 $600,000 $3,532,078
City of Syracuse $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
County of Niagara* $2,000,000 $0 $2,000,000
Broome County $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
County of Westchester $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
*Rensselaer Co. Dept. of Health $1,301,366 $0 $1,301,366.40
St. Lawrence County* $1,000,000 $0 $1,000,000
Ohio State of Ohio $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia $3,500,000 $600,000 $4,100,000
County of Lawrence $3,000,000 $300,000 $3,300,000
Tennessee City of Knoxville $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
Texas County of Harris $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,600,000
City of Waco* $1,500,000 $0 $1,500,000
City of Dallas* $2,000,000 $300,000 $2,300,000
City of Longview* $2,500,000 $0 $2,500,000
Washington State of Washington $2,807,303 $574,400 $3,381,703


$121,741,969 $17,620,400 $139,362,369


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