HUD AWARDS $2.4 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, PA FROM LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

PITTSBURGH – April 11, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $2,480,000 million in grants to 198 housing units in Lawrence County to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.

The grant funding nationally announced will clean up lead and other health hazards in nearly 6,000 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 residents,” 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.”

“With these grant awards, HUD makes it clear that providing healthy and safe homes for families and children is a priority,” said Jon Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “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 our efforts to help make the nation’s housing healthy and sustainable.”

The County of Lawrence will be awarded $ 2,300,000 in Lead Hazard Control grant program funding and $180,000 in healthy homes supplemental funding for the identification and reduction of lead and healthy homes hazards in 198 housing units. The County of Lawrence will partner with Lawrence County Community Action (CAA) Partnership, Union Township of Lawrence County, Erie County Housing Authority, Central Pennsylvania CAA, and Delaware County CAA.

“Our children are one of the nation’s most precious resources,” said HUD Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent. “HUD is commited to preserving their health by removing lead and other health hazards from homes to our children today and for future generations.”

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. HUD is also providing over $5.3 million to help communities transform their lead hazard control programs to address multiple housing-related hazards.

Grant program abbreviations are as follows:

LBPHC – Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
(includes Healthy Homes Initiative supplemental funding, as applicable)

LHRD – Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews or on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD.

Contact:
Maria Bynum
(215) 430-6622

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685

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