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HUD No. 17-084
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
September 28, 2017

HUD AWARDS $4.2 MILLION IN RESEARCH GRANTS
TO REDUCE HOUSING-RELATED HEALTH HAZARDS
Funding to improve methods to identify and control key residential hazards

WASHINGTON – The U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $4.2 million to eight universities and public health organizations to develop new and improved methods to identify and control residential health hazards including lead-based paint, mold, radon and pest infestations.  These grants are particularly important to protect vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, from exposure to these hazards. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

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

 
LEAD TECHNICAL STUDIES AND
HEALTHY HOMES GRANTS
 
State Recipient
 Amount
Colorado The Regents of the University of Colorado
$500,000
Illinois Sinai Health System
$499,987
Michigan Michigan Technological University
$492,633
Missouri Washington University
$665,000
New Jersey Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
$360,000
New York Health Research, Inc/NYS Dept of Health
$435,000
Ohio University of Cincinnati
$670,000
Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
$600,000
 
TOTAL
$4,222,620

“Research that helps to reduce lead-based paint and other home health hazards protects families and saves money,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These important grants provide the knowledge base needed to prevent injury and illness that result from poor quality housing and allows for communities to help create healthy home environments for families and their children.”

“It’s critical that we continue supporting evidence-based methods that make our homes healthier places to live, said Matt Ammon, Director of the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “We know that poor quality housing can contribute to injury and illness, which is entirely preventable.”

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead-paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards from lower income homes, stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control, support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards, and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.

The grants to states and local governments, institutions of higher education are being offered through HUD's Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program

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