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 Demonstation 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 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 housingn-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 community- and faith-based organizations to address healthy homes issues in a target area of low-and very-low income famililes.
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, exposure pathways and find alternatives that would minimize potential health risks.