FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier
CHICAGO – The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $3 million to protect children and families living in Waukesha, Wisc., from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.
The grant funding announced today is part of $93 million HUD is awarding nationwide to clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 7,000 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood.
“Protecting the health and well-being of children is a top priority for HUD. We know that housing conditions directly affect the health of its occupants,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards.”
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure the family home is the safe and healthy sanctuary it should be for families in Wisconsin,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD’s Midwest Administrator.
Grant summary: The City of Waukesha, a Wisconsin Municipal Corporation, Community Development will be awarded $1,000,000 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program funds and $100,000 in additional funds as a new applicant to promote healthy homes to conduct its first full-fledged lead hazard control program which will be operated by its department of community development. The program will evaluate homes for lead paint and hazards, eliminate lead hazards in 140 homes; conduct outreach and education to reach at least 50 people through outreach-specific events and including the proposed project has numerous tenacles into the community to conduct recruitment and marketing for the program and provide training to 50 individuals in working with the City to connect Section 3 residents to the Program’s Lead Worker training activities.
With this grant award, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority. It’s simple: you can’t be healthy if your home is sick. HUD is committed to protecting children from these hazards, as part of the Department’s effort to help make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.
Through these grant programs, HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes; stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control; and educates the public about the dangers of lead-based paint.
Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs
Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. 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 cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.
The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. These funds are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. To expand the reach of HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program, more than $4 million of this funding will support new grantees. HUD is also providing nearly $2.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.