HUD funds against lead paint
WASHINGTON – The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $13 million in grants to 25 local projects “to conduct a wide range of activities that include eliminating lead and housing-related hazards in thousands of homes; training workers in lead and healthy homes interventions; supporting research to improve home safety efforts; increasing public awareness, and evaluating outreach on controlling housing-based hazards,” according to an agency release.
Lead is known to impair children’s development and has negative impacts lasting into adulthood.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy home and yet far too many continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous lead and other health hazards,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants will not only help to clean up lead and other home health hazards but will support innovative new approaches to make all our homes healthier places to live.”
The funding announced includes more than $13 million to cities, counties, tribes, universities and nonprofit agencies to eliminate dangerous lead and healthy homes hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income housing units.
Breakdown of the funding, and complete individual project summaries, are available on HUD’s Web site.