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HUD Awards $98M for Lead Paint Cleanup

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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The federal government has awarded $98.3 million in grants to 38 lead-based paint cleanup projects in a number of communities across the country.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said the funding would address lead-paint hazards in 6,373 high-risk homes, train workers in lead-safe work practices, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning.


HUD estimates that 24 million homes in the U.S. have significant lead-based paint hazards, despite the toxin's ban in residential paints in 1978.

The grant recipients include Baltimore County, MD, which was awarded $3 million in funding to address hazards in 225 housing units, and the City of Portland, OR, which was awarded $3 million to address lead hazards in 300 housing units.

Most of the projects involve lead remediation projects and/or home assessments for low-income or very low-income families with children. A project-by-project summary is available on HUD’s website.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced Thursday (May 23).

HUD Awards

Program abbreviations are LBPHC for Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (includes Healthy Homes Initiative supplemental funding, as applicable) and LHRD for Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program.

The funding directs “critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead-paint hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income housing units,” according to the department. The funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. 

Lead Hazards: A HUD Priority

“These grant awards demonstrate that a priority for HUD is providing healthy and safe homes for families and children,” said Jon L. Gant, director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. 

“HUD is committed to protecting children from the hazards that can be caused by deteriorated lead paint, and by the mold that follows moisture intruding into the home, as part of the department’s efforts to make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable,” Gant said.

With the grant programs, HUD said its Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint. 

24 Million Homes

Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood. At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions, and even death, HUD said.

Lead-based paint hazards

At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions, and even death, HUD said.

Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978. However, the department estimates that about 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today.

To expand the reach of its Lead Hazard Control Program, HUD is also providing more than $4.4 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

“Childhood lead poisoning is completely preventable, and that’s exactly what these funds are designed to do,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones. “The communities receiving these grants are helping their children grow up brighter, safer and healthier.”


Tagged categories: Funding; Government; Grants; Health and safety; HUD; Lead; Lead paint abatement

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