The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commits to fighting Health Hazards at home. The agency awarded $105 million to help protect children and families from dangers at home.
The funds will also flow through grants programs reaching non-profit organizations across the country. Specifically, the funds come from HUD’s Healthy Homes Production Grant Program. This program helps grant recipients identify health hazards in low-income families’ homes.
One significant hazard in many low-income family homes is lead. Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 24 million housing units have significant lead-based paint hazards as well as deteriorated paint and lead-contaminated house dust.
“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.”Marcia L. Fudge – HUD Secretary
Moreover, Secretary Fudge said, “By providing these grants, HUD makes it clear that ensuring healthy and safe homes for communities across our nation is a priority.” Fudge notes it is a major step in ending America’s lead crisis.
Health Hazards: What makes a healthy home?
In addition, HUD’s commitment to healthy homes extends beyond lead eradication. Each June, HUD highlights hazards at home and how families can prevent them. Beyond lead, other hazards include moisture and mold, poor ventilation, pests, and poor air quality indoors.
Ultimately, the funding boost to make homes healthier for millions of Americans begins in the coming weeks. As soon as non-profits get the funds applications will be made available to families. Organizations in Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Connecticut as well as 25 other states will get a funding boost. We have a list of the organizations receiving fundings here.