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HUD No. 06-118WI
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

For Release
Thursday
September 21, 2006

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JACKSON ANNOUNCES $118 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS
Rock County, Wisconsin receives $1.1 million

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today awarded more than $118 million in grants to dozens of state and local communities, public health organizations and scientific research institutions to better protect children and families from dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

In addition, HUD is making available another $39 million in funding to clean up lead hazards in communities with the greatest need, specifically cities with a high incidence of lead poisoning and older homes. To facilitate the greatest number of applicants for these grants, HUD will be aggressively promoting the Department's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program to mayors and county officials of every eligible jurisdiction across the country.

"Today, we take another step closer toward ending childhood lead poisoning and making our homes safer and healthier places in which to raise our children," said Jackson. "While we've made great progress in reducing lead poisoning, we cannot rest until we banish this preventable disease to the history books."

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today:

Program

Award Amount

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control in Privately Owned Housing

$81,653,722

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

$20,535,349

Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP)

$5,999,823

Lead Technical Studies Grants

$2,778,130

Lead Outreach Grants

$2,000,000

Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants

$3,760,259

Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants
$1,570,120

Total

$118,297,403

HUD grants will help 63 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 seven 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.

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes $102 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. In addition, HUD's Operation LEAP (Lead Elimination Action Program) will provide nearly $6 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 million in Lead Outreach grants for public education campaigns on what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, nearly $2.8 million will assist research to study methods to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard control strategies.

The County of Rock will be awarded $1,100,000 in federal funds to produce 85 lead safe units in the County, and the Cities of Beloit and Janesville, through the County's Planning and Development Agency. The central strategy for the plan will result in partnerships with the Community Development Authorities of Beloit and Janesville. Rock County will join with these cities to identify best practices to most effectively implement the program. Also, the program will provide lead awareness training to residents of the three jurisdictions. The combined jurisdictions will provide over $700,000 in matching and/or other contributions. Contact: David Somppi, Community Development Manager (608) 757-5587.

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 these and other childhood diseases and injuries in the home by taking a holistic approach, and approaches housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

The funding announced today includes nearly $3.8 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 more than $1.5 million to support scientific research into new ways of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.

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 at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. For more information about FHA products, please visit www.fha.gov.

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

State

Grantee

Program *

Amount

AZ

Cochise County

LHC

$1,971,253

CA

Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

HHD

$1,000,000

CA

San Bernardino County

LHC

$3,000,000

CA

State of California

LHC

$3,000,000

CT

City of Hartford

LHC

$3,000,000

CT

City of Hartford

LHRD

$3,416,713

CT

Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center

LO

$298,058

CT

State of Connecticut

LHC

$3,000,000

CT

State of Connecticut

LHRD

$4,000,000

IL

Cook County

HHD

$760,259

IL

County of Peoria

LHC

$3,000,000

IL

Madison County

LHC

$3,000,000

IL

St. Clair County

LHC

$2,116,478

IL

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

LTS

$369,114

IL

University of Illinois at Chicago

LTS

$848,500

IN

City of Fort Wayne

LHC

$1,897,415

IN

City of South Bend

LHC

$3,000,000

IN

Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

LO

$357,914

KS

State of Kansas

LHC

$2,987,083

MA

City of Boston

LHC

$3,000,000

MA

City of Boston

LHRD

$1,545,966

MA

City of Somerville

LHC

$1,911,849

MA

City of Somerville

LHRD

$1,572,670

MA

Phoenix Science & Technology, Inc.

LTS

$375,207

MD

National Center for Healthy Housing

HHTS

$150,120

MI

State of Michigan

LHC

$3,000,000

MN

City of Minneapolis Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

HHD

$1,000,000

MN

University of Minnesota

HHTS

$490,000

MO

City of St. Louis

LHC

$3,000,000

MO

City of St. Louis

LHRD

$4,000,000

MO

County of St. Louis

LHC

$2,715,390

MO

St. Louis University

HHTS

$530,000

MO

St. Louis University

LTS

$495,732

NC

City of Charlotte

LHC

$2,999,944

NC

Research Triangle Institute

LTS

$190,000

NC

State of North Carolina

LHC

$3,000,000

NE

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LO

$300,000

NV

Area Health Education Center of Southern Nevada

LO

$199,451

NY

Orange County

LHC

$2,821,149

NY

Environmental Education Associates, Inc.

LEAP

$1,999,997

NY

Monroe County

LHC

$2,998,283

NY

Onondaga County

LHC

$3,000,000

NY

Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of SUNY Potsdam

LO

$111,285

NY

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.

LO

$282,960

NY

Westchester County

LHRD

$2,000,000

NY

Westchester County

LHC

$3,000,000

OH

City of Cleveland

LHRD

$4,000,000

OH

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

HHD

$1,000,000

OH

Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Associations

LEAP

$2,000,000

OH

University of Cincinnati

HHTS

$400,000

OH

University of Cincinnati

LTS

$420,600

OH

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

LTS

$78,977

OR

City of Portland

LHC

$3,000,000

PA

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

LHC

$3,000,000

PA

Lawrence County

LHC

$3,000,000

PA

National Nursing Centers Consortium

LO

$200,000

RI

City of Warwick

LHC

$2,125,992

RI

State of Rhode Island

LHC

$3,000,000

TN

Le Bonheur Community Outreach

LO

$250,332

TN

Middle Tennessee State University

LEAP

$1,999,826

TN

Shelby County Government

LHC

$2,998,886

UT

Salt Lake County

LHC

$2,010,000

WI Rock County
LHC
$1,100,000

 

Total

 

$118,297,403

* LHC - Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program

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

NOTE: A state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today and complete individual project summaries are available on HUD's website.

 
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