HUD Awards $6.7M in Research Grants to Reduce Lead, Other Housing-Related Health Hazards
To help protect children and seniors from exposure to lead and other home health hazards, HUD recently awarded $6.7 million to seven universities and public health organizations to improve methods for identifying and controlling residential health risks including lead-based paint, mold, secondhand tobacco smoke, and other indoor contaminants.
The grants to states and local governments and institutions of higher education are being offered through HUD’s Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program. “It’s critical that we continue supporting research to develop evidence-based methods that make our homes safer places to live,” said Matt Ammon, director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “We know that poor quality housing can contribute to injury and illness, which is entirely preventable.”
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead-paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards from lower income homes, stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control, support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards, and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.