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HUD No. 17-049
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
June 27, 2017
 

HUD AWARDS $127 MILLION TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier


WASHINGTON - In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies (see chart below).

The grant funding announced today will reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant programs have a proven history of success, filling critical needs in communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents.

Today in Washington, DC, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the new funding during an event that featured a panel discussion about the importance of public and private partnerships to the work of healthy homes. With HUD celebrating June’s National Healthy Homes Month, Carson said he wants tomake lead paint hazard removal a top priority.

“Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home,” said Secretary Carson. “A healthy start at home translates to a successful life outside of the home. HUD is committed to working with local communities to eradicate lead paint poisoning to make sure our homes are safe and ensure positive outcomes for families and their kids.”

“Millions of families and children are seeing their hope for the future threatened by poor health simply because of where they live,” noted Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “This round of funding includes awards to eight cities that are receiving grant awards for the first time. We are pleased the program is expanding into these previously unserved communities.”

Unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These homes affect the economy directly through increased utilization of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress—all which help to improve the quality of life.

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; encourages 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. 

The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. As part of these awards, HUD is providing these Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grantees just over $14 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high-risk housing simultaneously,in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.

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The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today:

 

State Grantee
Total Grant Award
Arizona City of Phoenix
$2,900,000
Pima County
$1,650,000
California County of Los Angeles
$3,400,000
Fresno County
$1,000,000
Colorado City and County of Denver
$2,813,904
Connecticut City of Bridgeport
$2,875,000
City of Hartford
$3,400,000
City of Waterbury
$2,900,000
State of Connecticut
$3,400,000
Iowa City of Clinton
$1,650,000
City of Waterloo
$2,900,000
Idaho City of Pocatello
$1,499,999
Indiana State of Indiana
$3,400,000
Kansas Wyandotte County
$1,650,000
Kentucky Louisville/Jefferson County
$2,899,990
City of Brockton
$1,367,085
City of Malden
$1,367,085
Massachusetts City of Somerville
$1,703,572
Maine City of Lewiston
$3,400,000
Michigan Charter County of Wayne
$2,900,000
City of Jackson
$2,900,000
Minnesota City of Minneapolis
$2,900,000
Hennepin County
$3,400,000
Missouri City of St. Louis
$2,100,000
City of Kansas City
$2,900,000
North Carolina City of Greensboro
$2,900,000
New Hampshire City of Nashua
$2,900,000
New Hampshire Housing Finance
$2,900,000
New Jersey County of Hudson
$2,424,097
Nevada City of Las Vegas
$1,649,710
New York City of Rochester
$1,000,000
City of Schenectady
$2,999,754
City of New York
$3,400,000
Ohio City of Cincinnati
$3,400,000
City of Cleveland
$3,400,000
City of Toledo
$2,900,000
Cuyahoga County
$2,900,000
Oregon City of Portland
$3,400,000
Pennsylvania County of Northampton
$1,650,000
City of Erie
$3,000,000
Rhode Island City of Providence
$3,400,000
Tennessee City of Chattanooga
$1,650,000
Texas City of Fort Worth
$3,400,000
City of Houston
$3,000,000
Virginia City of Richmond
$2,710,314
City of Roanoke
$2,719,660
Vermont City of Burlington
$2,900,000
Wisconsin Kenosha County
$3,300,000