HUD Awards $140M to Safeguard Families: Protecting Homes from Lead and Other Hazards

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded nearly $140 million to 36 state and local government agencies in 19 states to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards and other home health hazards.

HUD is providing these grants through its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program and its new Lead Hazard Reduction Capacity Building grant program to identify and clean up dangerous lead hazards and other health hazards in low-income families’ homes. These grants include more than $10 million from HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.

These investments will protect families and children by controlling significant lead and health hazards in over 3,400 low-income homes for which other resources are not available. The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program has two categories of competitive grants – awarding seven Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grants open to local governments and most states, and 21 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grants open to local governments with large numbers of older homes, which are more likely to have lead-based paint hazards, and most states. The Lead Hazard Reduction Capacity Building grant program is awarding eight smaller competitive grants to state and local governments that have not had Lead Hazard Reduction grants, to help them develop the necessary infrastructure and capacity to undertake the larger programs in future years.

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge reaffirmed the Department’s dedication to improving the lives of children and families through funding initiatives. The grants aim to create healthier homes, improve school attendance and learning, and enhance job prospects. The commitment extends to ensuring sustainable communities and safeguarding families from lead-based paint and other hazards in their homes, according to Matthew Ammon, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

Awarding these grants contributes to HUD’s achieving its strategic objective to strengthen environmental justice by reducing exposure to health risks, environmental hazards, and substandard housing, especially for low-income households and communities of color. You can read the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 HUD Strategic Plan on HUD’s website.

Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants here.

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