HUD Awards $93 Million in Grants To Clean-up Home Health Hazards

Did you know the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $93 million in grants to 39 local projects? Do you know why HUD did this?

HUD awarded these grants to conduct activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and various other home health and safety hazards.

The funding will clean up lead and other health hazards in roughly 7,000 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a toxin that can impair development in children that can affect them for a lifetime.

HUD hopes the grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other important health and safety hazards.

In addition to the lead hazard control work, HUD will be awarding funds to promote and develop programs that identify and address multiple housing related health hazards with lead hazard control intervention work. The mission is to eliminate dangerous lead hazards from lower income homes, stimulate the private sector investment in lead hazard control and educate the public about lead-based paint danger.

Here are some details about the Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs:

Lead based paint was banned in residential areas in 1978. Presently, HUD claims 24 million homes still have large amounts of lead-based paint hazards. Lead contaminated dust is the main reason why so many homes have high levels of lead-based paint hazards. Some health problems resulting from young children being exposed to lead-based paint hazards are reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At very high levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system. When the central nervous system is affected it can cause anemia, coma, convulsions and death.

To learn more about the affects of Lead Hazards, HUD’s grant funds focus, and HUD’s energy efficiency goals, read this article from IeConnections.com called HUD Grants Focus on Lead Paint Abatement.

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