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HUD grants help eliminate housing-related health hazards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that it is making approximately $114 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower-income homes in order to protect young children from lead poisining; help local communities set up programs to control other housing health and safety hazards; and conduct research on improving control methods.

“These grants will keep HUD at the forefront of the Federal effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a public health hazard,” said Jon Gant, director of the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “The federal funding we’re offering will also support the latest in scientific research into cost-effective methods of controlling a number of health hazards in the home.”

The grants to states, local governments and the private sector are being offered through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, totaling $61 million; Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program, totaling $45 million; and its research-oriented Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program, totaling $2.5 million.  In its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program, HUD is providing an additional $5.3 million to promote and develop a local Healthy Housing initiative, building on their lead hazard control program, to address multiple housing-related health hazards through assessment using the home health and safety rating system.

Due to fiscal year 2012 budgetary limitations, there are no available funds for either the Healthy Homes Production or the Asthma Interventions in Public and Assisted Multi-family Housing Programs.

HUD requires prospective grantees to submit their applications electronically at grants.gov. Any changes to HUD-published funding notices will be made available to the public through a Federal Register publication and published on this government-wide portal. Applicants are urged to sign up for Grants.gov’s notification service to receive periodic updates or changes to these grant offerings.

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