The Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program develops, demonstrates, and promotes cost-effective, preventive measures for identifying and correcting residential health and safety hazards. The Notice of Funding Availability is published online.
HUD awards Healthy Homes Demonstration grants to not-for-profit, for-profit firms located in the United States, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and colleges and universities. Unfortunately, HUD does not make awards directly to individuals.
How to Apply
Each year HUD publishes a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that provides information to applicants about the requirements for this program and the process for applying. Information about the process for applying for these grants is available at Grants.gov. NOFAs published in previous years are available at HUD's SuperNOFA archive.
Objectives of Healthy Homes Demonstration Projects
- Carry out direct remediations where housing-related hazards may contribute to children's diseases
- Deliver education and outreach activities to protect children from housing-related hazards
- Build capacity to assure Healthy Homes projects are sustained.
Healthy Homes Demonstration grantees must expend at least 65% of the federal funds on direct remediations for housing-related hazards. See the Healthy Homes Initiative for a list of housing-related hazards addressed in Healthy Homes Demonstration projects. Applicants are encouraged to partner with the community- and faith-based organizations to address healthy home issues in a target area of low-and very-low-income families.
Examples of Healthy Homes Demonstration Programs
Mold and Moisture Control
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health addressed pulmonary hemorrhaging, asthma, and lead poisoning by controlling the environmental factors, particularly moisture and mold problems, in the home in high-risk areas of Cleveland. The grantee provided outreach, environmental assessment of the units, clinical assessment of the families, cost-effective home remediation of MM and lead hazards, post-remediation environmental testing, follow-up environmental and clinical testing, and comprehensive education of families and foster parents. They found that asthmatic children showed a reduction of symptoms after housing interventions.
Healthy Homes Demonstration
Erie County Health Department adopted a primary prevention approach of correcting hazards in 600 one and two-family pre-1950 homes before residents moved into the unit. Low-cost interventions for allergens, carbon monoxide, radon, and unintentional injuries were performed.
Healthy Homes Education
Children's Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) developed a web-based "electronic house" utilizing advanced virtual reality software to enable parents to "walk" from room to room to identify health hazards, and exposure pathways and find alternatives that would minimize potential health risks.