|2/1/2011: HUD Announces $48 Million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grants to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melanie Hudson
January 13, 2011 (202) 347-6143
HUD Announces $48 Million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grants to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning
Washington, DC – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the awards for nearly $127 million to protect children from lead and other home health hazards for FY2010. $48 million was awarded to twelve jurisdictions through the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grant program. The successful applicants are as follows:
City of Cincinnati, OH -- $4,500,000
Cuyahoga County, OH -- $4,500,000
The City of New York -- $4,500,000
City of Newark, NJ - $4,500,000
City of Schenectady, NY - $3,212,641
City of Milwaukee, WI -- $4,500,000
City of Los Angeles, CA -- $4,500,000
City of Hartford, CT -- $4,496,236
City of Manchester, NH -- $3,967,678
City of Syracuse, NY -- $2,947,266
State of Tennessee -- $4,500,000
City of Somerville, MA -- $1,876,179
At least one award winner, the State of Tennessee, is a first time recipient of LHRD grant funding. This marks the seventh year of the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program. CHF has supported this program since its inception in 2003.
This year, CHF partnered with Healthy Housing Solutions under contract with HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to conduct outreach to all eligible applicants of the 2010 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grants. Under this partnership, CHF contacted more than 300 mayors, governors, and county executives by phone, mail, e-mail, Twitter, and webcast to provide resources and education on the requirements of the program and benefits of applying. As a result, nearly thirty jurisdictions submitted applications.
Grant monies are to be used to remediate lead hazards in privately owned units and multi-family buildings that are occupied by low-income families. Grant recipients have demonstrated a high need for lead hazard reduction through the measurement of the estimated number of pre-1940 housing units and the number of children with elevated blood lead levels. Jurisdictions are required under the grant program to commit to match funding and to submit detailed plans demonstrating adequate capacity to carry out the programs.
For more information on the grant awards, visit the HUD announcement page.