The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is giving roughly $114 million in grants to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from low-income homes. The purpose of this grant is to protect young children from lead poisoning, improve the health and safety of housing, and conduct research to improve control methods.
This is all good news but the 2012 budgetary limitations do not allow funds to be distribute to the Healthy Homes Production or the Asthma Intervention in Public and Assisted Multi-family Housing Programs.
Activists want the Federal Government to find ways to not slash funding to combat indoor environmental hazards.
The government has merged the National Asthma Control Program and the Healthy homes/ Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which are both operated under the Centers for Disease Control. The new merged agency is called the Healthy Home and Community Environments Program. It has received $30 Million for the 2012 fiscal year. This is half of what the previously separated organizations were given in 2011.
HUD is now offering grants to states, local governments, and the private sector through its Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, which is given $61 Million in funding.
The Federal government is making HUD the center of attention for indoor health programs and funding.
To be considered for grant funding, prospective grantees are required to submit their applications at http://www.grants.gov/ .
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