August 17, 2023

HUD: Nearly $140 Million Awarded to Protect Low-Income Families from Lead and Other Home Health and Safety Hazards

Funding to make low-income families’ homes safer and healthier.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded today nearly $140 million to 36 state and local government agencies in 19 states to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards and other home health hazards.

HUD is providing these grants through its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program and its new Lead Hazard Reduction Capacity Building grant program to identify and clean up dangerous lead hazards and other health hazards in low-income families’ homes. These grants include more than $10 million from HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.

These investments will protect families and children by controlling significant lead and health hazards in over 3,400 low-income homes for which other resources are not available. The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program has two categories of competitive grants – awarding seven Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grants open to local governments and most states, and 21 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grants open to local governments with large numbers of older homes, which are more likely to have lead-based paint hazards, and most states. The Lead Hazard Reduction Capacity Building grant program is awarding eight smaller competitive grants to state and local governments that have not had Lead Hazard Reduction grants, to help them develop the necessary infrastructure and capacity to undertake the larger programs in future years.

“Today, we are renewing our steadfast commitment to improving the lives of children and their families,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “The funding provided today will enable communities to make the homes of families of limited means healthier, and improve their children’s school attendance rate, learning, and, eventually, job prospects.”

Matthew Ammon, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, added that, “These grants continue HUD’s commitment to sustainable communities and providing healthy and safe homes for all. We are committed to protecting families from lead-based paint hazards and other hazards in their home.”

Awarding these grants contributes to HUD’s achieving its strategic objective to strengthen environmental justice by reducing exposure to health risks, environmental hazards, and substandard housing, especially for low-income households and communities of color. You can read the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 HUD Strategic Plan on HUD’s website.

Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today here.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:

Grant ProgramStateOrganization NameLead Hazard
Reduction Amount
Healthy Homes
Supplement Amount
LBPHCALCity of Florence$1,500,000$0
LHRCBALCity of Montgomery$716,650$0
LHRCBALTown of Fort Deposit$2,499,134$0
LHRDALCity of Selma$2,215,500$0
LBPHCCAAlameda County Healthy Homes$5,000,000$700,000
LHRCBCACounty of Ventura$2,500,000$0
LHRDCACity of Fontana$4,000,000$400,000
LHRDCTCity of New Haven$7,765,930$0
LHRCBFLCity of Saint Petersburg$2,500,000$0
LBPHCIACounty of Cerro Gordo$1,881,445$312,220
LBPHCIACity of Council Bluffs$1,654,303$0
LHRDIACity of Sioux City$4,487,989$700,000
LHRDIACity of Muscatine$2,556,932$400,000
LHRDIACity of Marshalltown$4,326,330$700,000
LHRDILCounty of McHenry$1,862,320$170,100
LBPHCLACity of Monroe$4,096,699$400,000
LHRDLAJefferson Parrish$5,000,000$700,000
LHRCBMAMassachusetts Department of Public Health$2,500,000$0
LHRDMACity of Worcester$4,100,000$0
LHRDMEMaine State Housing Authority$5,000,000$700,000
LHRCBMICounty of Kent$2,493,629$0
LHRDMIMichigan Department of Health & Human Services$7,997,798$0
LHRDMICity of Grand Rapids$6,000,000$600,000
LBPHCMNMinnesota Department of Health$3,621,869$225,000
LHRCBNCTriangle J Council of Governments$654,507$0
LHRDNCCity of Charlotte$2,907,037$666,000
LBPHCNETwo Rivers Public Health Department$1,196,395$148,800
LHRDNJCity of East Orange$4,501,958$300,000
LHRCBNYCattaraugus County Health Department$2,500,000$0
LHRDNYBroome County$5,600,000$700,000
LHRDNYCity of Utica$3,314,989$660,000
LHRDNYCounty of Niagara$3,000,000$300,000
LHRDPRPuerto Rico public Housing Administration$3,520,080$0
LHRDTNCity of Memphis$5,000,000$700,000
LHRDUTSalt Lake County$5,116,785$700,000
LHRDWICity of Milwaukee$5,000,000$700,000

Key: LBPHC = Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant; LHRCB = Lead Hazard Reduction

Capacity Building grant; LHRD = Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant.

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