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HUD No. 21-083
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Tuesday
May 11, 2021

HUD AWARDS $51 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 nearly $51.4 million to 25 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 19 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 public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. See funding chart below.

"In order to be healthy, it’s important to have a healthy home," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "Protecting families with young children from lead and other health hazards is an important part of HUD’s mission, and we don’t take it lightly. It is also a matter of environmental justice, and HUD is committed to President Biden’s directive to prioritize environmental justice and equity for disadvantaged communities."

Although 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. While most public housing has already undergone abatement, there are still some properties where lead-based paint remains, and where 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.

On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order that placed environmental justice at the forefront of efforts to tackle the climate crisis. HUD’s awarding of this $51 million in funding is in line with the President’s order, as lead poisoning disproportionately affects people of color.

Today’s funding is the third round of funding under this program. To date, HUD has awarded $46.1 million to 51 grantees, to make approximately 4,610 units lead safe. 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 $1.58 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 190,000 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 raise public awareness and knowledge about lead poisoning.

HUD is awarding capital funding to the following local public housing authorities to identify and clean up lead hazards in their properties:

State
Public Housing Authority
Grant Amount
Alabama
Sylacauga Housing Authority
$2,472,000
 
Greene County Housing Authority
$1,980,000
 
Alabama Total
$4,452,000
Arizona
Winslow Public Housing Authority
$60,000
 
Arizona Total
$60,000
California
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
$5,000,000
 
California Total
$5,000,000
Connecticut
Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
$3,700,000
 
Housing Authority of Bristol
$1,930,000
 
Connecticut Total
$5,630,000
Florida
Plant City Housing Authority
$2,000,000
 
Florida Total
$2,000,000
Georgia
Lyons Housing Authority
$500,000
 
Georgia Total
$500,000
Illinois
Scott County Housing Authority
$572,000
 
Illinois Total
$572,000
Louisiana
Lafayette Housing Authority
$1,892,000
 
Housing Authority of the City of Opelousas
$2,106,000
 
St. James Parish Housing Authority
$1,000,000
 
Louisiana Total
$4,998,000
Maryland
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
$47,250
 
Maryland Total
$47,250
Michigan
Flint Housing Commission
$1,370,525
 
Michigan Total
$1,370,525
Mississippi
Housing Authority of the City of Tupelo
$458,000
 
Mississippi Total
$458,000
North Carolina
Ayden Housing Authority
$1,575,000
 
Robeson County Housing Authority
$1,520,000
 
North Carolina Total
$3,095,000
New York
New York City Housing Authority
$5,000,000
 
New York Total
$5,000,000
Ohio
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
$5,000,000
 
Ohio Total
$5,000,000
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Housing Authority
$1,176,085
 
Pennsylvania Total
$1,176,085
South Carolina
Rock Hill Housing Authority
$3,030,000
 
South Carolina Total
$3,030,000
Texas
Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio
$4,861,055
 
Alice Housing Authority
$2,371,600
 
Livingston Housing Authority
$1,196,000
 
Texas Total
$8,428,655
Washington
Housing Authority of the City of Seattle
$567,256
 
Washington Total
$567,256
 
 
 
 
Total Grant Awards
$51,384,771

 

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