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HUD No. 19-153
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Thursday
October 10, 2019

HUD AWARDS $8.4 MILLION TO STUDY LEAD AND OTHER HEALTH HAZARDS


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $8.4 million to seven universities and two other research institutions to improve the Department’s and the public's knowledge of housing-related health and safety hazards, including the development of new methods for identifying and mitigating lead-based paint hazards that pose a particular health risk to young children.

HUD’s Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program supports the development of new scientific techniques to assess and control a variety of home-related health risks including lead, pesticides, secondhand tobacco smoke, cockroach allergens, and indoor air pollutants.

“Today, we make an investment in the science behind protecting families from potentially dangerous lead and other home health hazards,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “As a doctor for many years, I witnessed how lead and other hazards can impact young children. “You can’t be healthy if your home is sick and these grants will improve our knowledge about how to improve living conditions inside our homes.”

The overall goal of the Lead Technical Studies Program is to gain knowledge to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for evaluation and control of residential lead-based paint hazards, and the overall goal of the Healthy Homes Technical Studies (HHTS) program is to advance the recognition and control of priority residential health and safety hazards and more closely examine the link between housing and health.

HUD is awarding grants under these programs to the following applicants (read more about what these institutions will seek to study):
 

LEAD TECHNICAL STUDIES GRANT AWARDS
State
Recipient
City
Amount
Illinois The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Chicago
$700,000
Maryland QuanTech, Inc.
Rockville
$611,534
Massachusetts Trustees of Boston University
Boston
$670,799
   
TOTAL
$1,982,333
     
 
HEALTHY HOMES TECHNICAL STUDIES GRANT AWARDS
State
Recipient
City
 Amount
District of Columbia The George Washington University
Washington
$850,000
Illinois Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago
$1,000,000
  The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Chicago
$999,999
Massachusetts University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Lowell
$999,999
Maryland National Center for Healthy Housing Inc.
Columbia
$799,999
North Carolina North Carolina State University
Raleigh
$999,295
Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg
$756,570
   
TOTAL
$6,405,862
     
 
   
GRANT TOTAL
$8,388,135


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