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08/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/20/2019 08:22

HUD Awards $28 Million to Clean Up Lead Hazards in Public Housing

HUD No. 19-124
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
August 20, 2019

HUD AWARDS $28 MILLION TO CLEAN UP LEAD HAZARDS IN PUBLIC HOUSING
Funding to identify and control potentially dangerous lead in thousands of homes with young children

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 25 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to approximately 2,800 public housing units, most of which are currently occupied by families with young children (see below).

'We have no higher calling than to make certain the public housing that taxpayers support is healthy for our vulnerable families to live in,' said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. 'As a doctor who treated many young children, I witnessed the close connection between health and housing. Today we make another critical investment in the futures of young children growing up in public housing.'

Although lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that about 24 million older homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. However, homes receiving rental assistance, including public housing, tend to have a lower prevalence of lead-based paint hazards compared to private housing. While most public housing has already undergone abatement, there are still some properties where lead-based paint remains and hazards have redeveloped.

Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and can even be deadly.

In addition to the funding announced today, HUD will award a record $330 million later this year to clean up lead-based paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards in privately owned low-income housing. Click here or on this video to view Secretary Carson discuss the importance of HUD's efforts to protect young children from lead.

In 2017, HUD published a new rule lowering the Department's threshold of lead in the child's blood to match the more protective guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This important change to HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule allows for a faster response if a young child is exposed to lead-based paint hazards in their HUD-assisted homes.

HUD has a long history of working to ensure lead-safe housing, which fits into the broader federal response to address lead hazards found in paint, dust and soil, and other sources like water and consumer goods. For 25 years, HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has worked to improve methods to identify and address home-related health and safety hazards, including those from lead. Since 1993, HUD has awarded more than $2 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 200,000 low-income privately owned housing units. In addition, HUD supports research on best practices for identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards and conducts an outreach program to get out the message.

STATE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY

GRANT AMOUNT

Alabama Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville

$1,000,000

Housing Authority of the City of Heflin

$340,000

Housing Authority of Northport

$1,000,000

Alabama Total

$2,340,000

Arizona City of Glendale Housing Authority

$35,100

California Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles

$1,000,000

Oakland Housing Authority

$999,932

Housing Authority City of Fresno

$719,880

California Total

$2,719,812

District of Columbia D.C. Housing Authority

$1,000,000

Florida Jacksonville Housing Authority

$1,000,000

Housing Authority of the City of Titusville

$484,984

Florida Total

$1,484,984

Georgia Housing Authority of the City of LaGrange

$1,000,000

Illinois Housing Authority of the City of East St. Louis

$943,027

Housing Authority of the County of Union

$1,000,000

Illinois Total

$1,943,027

Indiana Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart

$40,000

Kansas Kansas City, KS Housing Authority

$519,960

Maryland Housing Authority of Baltimore City

$898,750

Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland

$166,976

Maryland Total

$1,065,726

Massachusetts Springfield Housing Authority

$146,125

Michigan Detroit Housing Commission

$1,000,000

Mississippi Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VII

$1,000,000

Missouri Housing Authority of the City of Independence

$1,000,000

Nebraska Omaha Housing Authority

$660,000

New Jersey Trenton Housing Authority

$925,000

Asbury Park Housing Authority

$1,000,000

New Jersey Total

$1,925,000

New Mexico Housing Authority of the City of Gallup

$1,000,000

New York Syracuse Housing Authority

$161,500

Utica Housing Authority

$1,000,000

White Plains Housing Authority

$1,000,000

New York Total

$2,161,500

North Carolina Rocky Mount Housing Authority

$1,000,000

Ohio Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

$970,225

Pennsylvania Philadelphia Housing Authority

$941,350

Housing Authority of the City of Erie

$1,000,000

Bucks County Housing Authority

$130,000

Pennsylvania Total

$2,071,350

Rhode Island Woonsocket Housing Authority

$1,000,000

Texas Housing Authority of the City of Bryan

$1,000,000

Virginia Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority

$530,000

Washington Housing Authority City of Bellingham

$60,000

Housing Authority of Whatcom County

$91,000

Washington Total

$151,000

TOTAL

$27,763,809