HUD: $18 Million Awarded to Clean Up Dangerous Lead in Public Housing

Funding to protect children in 20 Public Housing Authorities

WASHINGTON – In an effort to identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in public housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is awarding $18 million to 20 public housing agencies across the country.

These funds are offered through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program and are used to ensure public housing developments that were tested and abated over twenty years ago remain lead-free. Additionally, the funding helps meet the backlog of capital needs for public housing. While lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, many older homes may still contain hazards that require proper cleanup.

“We have no more important mission than protecting children from the potentially dangerous lead,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today we’re investing in safer, healthier public housing and in the futures of the children living there.”

The following public housing authorities will receive grant awards. Read individual project descriptions:

State Recipient City Amount
Alabama Housing Authority of the City of Decatur Decatur $1,000,000
  Housing Authority of the Birmingham District Birmingham $1,000,000
Colorado Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver Denver $1,000,000
Connecticut Housing Authority of the City of New Haven New Haven $986,260
Georgia Housing Authority of the City of Dublin Dublin $1,000,000
  Housing Authority of the City of Newnan Newnan $1,000,000
Illinois Quincy Housing Authority Quincy $1,000,000
Massachusetts Holyoke Housing Authority Holyoke $93,450
Minnesota PHA in and for the City of Minneapolis Minneapolis $1,000,000
New Jersey North Bergen Housing Authority North Bergen $1,000,000
  Housing Authority of Gloucester County Deptford $786,100
New York Utica Housing Authority Utica $1,000,000
  Port Chester Housing Authority Port Chester $1,000,000
  Plattsburgh Housing Authority Plattsburgh $1,000,000
  Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Schenectady $1,000,000
Pennsylvania Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh $1,000,000
Rhode Island Housing Authority Providence Providence $974,400
  Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket Pawtucket $1,000,000
Tennessee Jackson Housing Authority Jackson $1,000,000
Texas Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville Brownsville $528,600
TOTAL $18,368,810

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