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January was Radon Awareness Month - Blair Housing Authority receives HUD radon grant award
[(L-R) HUD Great Plains Deputy Regional Administrator Bruce Ladd, Blair Housing Authority Board Vice-Chair Pastor Mark Degner, HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Ulysses Clayborn, Blair Housing Authority Executive Director Kimberly O’Neill and Blair Housing Authority Board Chair Peggy Christoffersen celebrate the receipt of over $400K in radon testing and mitigation funding on January 24, 2024, in Blair, Nebraska.]
(L-R) HUD Great Plains Deputy Regional Administrator Bruce Ladd, Blair Housing Authority Board Vice-Chair Pastor Mark Degner, HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Ulysses Clayborn, Blair Housing Authority Executive Director Kimberly O’Neill and Blair Housing Authority Board Chair Peggy Christoffersen celebrate the receipt of over $400K in radon testing and mitigation funding on January 24, 2024, in Blair, Nebraska.

A few years ago, Blair Housing Authority’s (BHA) Executive Director Kimberly O'Neill conducted research on removing radon from its 100 units of public housing, discovering how expensive both testing and remediation would cost. When Director O’Neill saw HUD’s radon grant announcement, she knew this may represent a unique opportunity for the BHA to make its units safer —now, and for years to come.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. By requiring that radon be considered within the HUD environmental review process, HUD is demonstrating its commitment to addressing the hazardous effects of this serious contaminant.

On January 11, 2024, HUD further demonstrated that commitment, announcing that six housing authorities across the country would receive a funding award to test for and remediate radon, with BHA receiving $442,858.

On January 24, 2024, Regional Administrator Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn, Deputy Regional Administrator Bruce L. Ladd, and Nebraska Field Office Director Kitty A. Amaya celebrated BHA’s radon grant award. RA Clayborn made remarks and presented Director O’Neill, Board Chair Peggy Christoffersen, and Board Vice-Chair Pastor Mark Degner with a ceremonial check for $442,858. BHA staff were on hand to celebrate both the receipt of the award and Director Oneill’s foresight to investigate the testing, remediation, and hazardous effects of radon years ago.

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