U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

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
August 20, 2019

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.



Alabama Housing Authority of the City of Huntsville


Housing Authority of the City of Heflin


Housing Authority of Northport


Alabama Total


Arizona City of Glendale Housing Authority


California Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles


Oakland Housing Authority


Housing Authority City of Fresno


California Total


District of Columbia D.C. Housing Authority


Florida Jacksonville Housing Authority


Housing Authority of the City of Titusville


Florida Total


Georgia Housing Authority of the City of LaGrange


Illinois Housing Authority of the City of East St. Louis


Housing Authority of the County of Union


Illinois Total


Indiana Housing Authority of the City of Elkhart


Kansas Kansas City, KS Housing Authority


Maryland Housing Authority of Baltimore City


Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland


Maryland Total


Massachusetts Springfield Housing Authority


Michigan Detroit Housing Commission


Mississippi Mississippi Regional Housing Authority No. VII


Missouri Housing Authority of the City of Independence


Nebraska Omaha Housing Authority


New Jersey Trenton Housing Authority


Asbury Park Housing Authority


New Jersey Total


New Mexico Housing Authority of the City of Gallup


New York Syracuse Housing Authority


Utica Housing Authority


White Plains Housing Authority


New York Total


North Carolina Rocky Mount Housing Authority


Ohio Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority


Pennsylvania Philadelphia Housing Authority


Housing Authority of the City of Erie


Bucks County Housing Authority


Pennsylvania Total


Rhode Island Woonsocket Housing Authority


Texas Housing Authority of the City of Bryan


Virginia Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority


Washington Housing Authority City of Bellingham


Housing Authority of Whatcom County


Washington Total