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HUD No. 19-124
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Tuesday
August 20, 2019

HUD AWARDS $28 MILLION TO CLEAN UP LEAD HAZARDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING
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 $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 25 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 approximately 2,800 public housing units, most of which are currently occupied by families with young children (see below).

“We have no higher calling than to make certain the public housing that taxpayers support is healthy for our vulnerable families to live in,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “As a doctor who treated many young children, I witnessed the close connection between health and housing. Today we make another critical investment in the futures of young children growing up in public housing.”

Secretary CarsonAlthough 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. However, homes receiving rental assistance, including public housing, tend to have a lower prevalence of lead-based paint hazards compared to private housing. While most public housing has already undergone abatement, there are still some properties where lead-based paint remains and 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.

In addition to the funding announced today, HUD will award a record $330 million later this year to clean up lead-based paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards in privately owned low-income housing. Click here or on this video to view Secretary Carson discuss the importance of HUD’s efforts to protect young children from lead.

In 2017, HUD published a new rule lowering the Department's threshold of lead in the child's blood to match the more protective guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This important change to HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule allows for a faster response if a young child is exposed to lead-based paint hazards in their HUD-assisted homes.

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 $2 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 200,000 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 get out the message.

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 STATE  PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY
GRANT AMOUNT
Alabama Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville
$1,000,000
  Housing Authority of the City of Heflin
$340,000
  Housing Authority of Northport
$1,000,000
  Alabama Total
$2,340,000
   
 
Arizona City of Glendale Housing Authority
$35,100
   
 
California Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
$1,000,000
  Oakland Housing Authority
$999,932
  Housing Authority City of Fresno
$719,880
  California Total
$2,719,812
   
 
District of Columbia D.C. Housing Authority
$1,000,000
   
 
Florida Jacksonville Housing Authority
$1,000,000
  Housing Authority of the City of Titusville
$484,984
  Florida Total
$1,484,984
   
 
Georgia Housing Authority of the City of LaGrange
$1,000,000
   
 
Illinois Housing Authority of the City of East St. Louis
$943,027
  Housing Authority of the County of Union
$1,000,000
  Illinois Total
$1,943,027
   
 
Indiana Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart
$40,000
   
 
Kansas Kansas City, KS Housing Authority
$519,960
   
 
Maryland Housing Authority of Baltimore City
$898,750
  Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland
$166,976
  Maryland Total
$1,065,726
   
 
Massachusetts Springfield Housing Authority
$146,125
   
 
Michigan Detroit Housing Commission
$1,000,000
   
 
Mississippi Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VII
$1,000,000
   
 
Missouri Housing Authority of the City of Independence
$1,000,000
   
 
Nebraska Omaha Housing Authority
$660,000
   
 
New Jersey Trenton Housing Authority
$925,000
  Asbury Park Housing Authority
$1,000,000
  New Jersey Total
$1,925,000
   
 
New Mexico Housing Authority of the City of Gallup
$1,000,000
   
 
New York Syracuse Housing Authority
$161,500
  Utica Housing Authority
$1,000,000
  White Plains Housing Authority
$1,000,000
  New York Total
$2,161,500
   
 
North Carolina Rocky Mount Housing Authority
$1,000,000
   
 
Ohio Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
$970,225
   
 
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Housing Authority
$941,350
  Housing Authority of the City of Erie
$1,000,000
  Bucks County Housing Authority
$130,000
  Pennsylvania Total
$2,071,350
   
 
Rhode Island Woonsocket Housing Authority
$1,000,000
   
 
Texas Housing Authority of the City of Bryan
$1,000,000
   
 
Virginia Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority
$530,000
   
 
Washington Housing Authority City of Bellingham
$60,000
  Housing Authority of Whatcom County
$91,000
  Washington Total
$151,000
   
 
  TOTAL
$27,763,809