WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $104.7 million to 60 nonprofit organizations, and state and local government agencies located in 29 states to protect children and families from home health hazards.
HUD is providing these grants through its Healthy Homes Production Grant Program which will help grantees identify health and safety hazards in low-income families’ homes. The grants will protect children and families with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income level by targeting significant lead and health hazards in more than 7,400 low-income homes for which other resources are not available.
“By providing these grants, HUD makes it clear that ensuring healthy and safe homes for communities across our nation is a priority,” Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a news release. “HUD is working every day to keep families safe from home health hazards like lead paint because for many Americans, their home is a primary determinate of their health, and that is why HUD is committed to protecting families from these hazards and to providing healthy and sustainable housing for all Americans.”
In Georgia, Habitat for Humanity International will receive a $2 million grant.
The grants emphasize the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to solving the nation’s lead crisis. In December, HUD awarded nearly $13.2 million in grants to state and local government agencies in three states through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead and health and safety hazards in low-income families’ homes.
The Healthy Homes Production Grant Program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The program builds upon HUD’s successful Lead Hazard Control programs to expand the department’s efforts to holistically address a variety of high-priority housing-based health and safety hazards, such as mold and moisture, poor indoor air quality, pests, carbon monoxide, injury, and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint.
In the coming weeks, grantees will begin setting up and implementing their programs and will make applications available for families who are interested and eligible for their local Healthy Homes Program.