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HUD No. 21-083
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
For Release
May 11, 2021

Funding to identify and control potentially dangerous lead in thousands of homes with young children

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $51.4 million to 25 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 19 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. See funding chart below.

"In order to be healthy, it's important to have a healthy home," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "Protecting families with young children from lead and other health hazards is an important part of HUD's mission, and we don't take it lightly. It is also a matter of environmental justice, and HUD is committed to President Biden's directive to prioritize environmental justice and equity for disadvantaged communities."

Although lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that about 24 million older homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. While most public housing has already undergone abatement, there are still some properties where lead-based paint remains, and where hazards have redeveloped. 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 can even be deadly.

On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued ( an Executive Order that placed environmental justice at the forefront of efforts to tackle the climate crisis. HUD's awarding of this $51 million in funding is in line with the President's order, as lead poisoning disproportionately affects people of color.

Today's funding is the third round of funding under this program. To date, HUD has awarded $46.1 million to 51 grantees, to make approximately 4,610 units lead safe. HUD has a long history of working to ensure lead-safe housing, which fits into the broader federal response to address lead hazards found in paint, dust and soil, and other sources like water and consumer goods. For 25 years, HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has worked to improve methods to identify and address home-related health and safety hazards, including those from lead. Since 1993, HUD has awarded more than $1.58 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 190,000 low-income privately owned housing units. In addition, HUD supports research on best practices for identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards, and conducts an outreach program to raise public awareness and knowledge about lead poisoning.

HUD is awarding capital funding to the following local public housing authorities to identify and clean up lead hazards in their properties:

Public Housing Authority
Grant Amount
Sylacauga Housing Authority
Greene County Housing Authority
Alabama Total
Winslow Public Housing Authority
Arizona Total
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
California Total
Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Housing Authority of Bristol
Connecticut Total
Plant City Housing Authority
Florida Total
Lyons Housing Authority
Georgia Total
Scott County Housing Authority
Illinois Total
Lafayette Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Opelousas
St. James Parish Housing Authority
Louisiana Total
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Maryland Total
Flint Housing Commission
Michigan Total
Housing Authority of the City of Tupelo
Mississippi Total
North Carolina
Ayden Housing Authority
Robeson County Housing Authority
North Carolina Total
New York
New York City Housing Authority
New York Total
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Ohio Total
Philadelphia Housing Authority
Pennsylvania Total
South Carolina
Rock Hill Housing Authority
South Carolina Total
Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio
Alice Housing Authority
Livingston Housing Authority
Texas Total
Housing Authority of the City of Seattle
Washington Total
Total Grant Awards


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