Even though lead was banned for U.S. residential use in 1978, it remains a persistent threat to approximately 24 million homes in this country. Lead contamination can happen anywhere, but minority communities and low income populations are often at higher risk. To counteract this, HUD is offering two grants critical in the war on lead poisoning: the Lead-Based Hazard and Control Grant (LBPHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD). In mitigating the hazards of lead, HUD stresses the return on investment is a higher quality of life. Medical and social service costs, school/work absenteeism and overall stress levels are reduced in safer living environments.
Two Lead Hazard Reduction Grants
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) Grant Program
This program supports projects that mitigate lead-based hazards in eligible privately owned rental or owner-occupied populations. Applicants may also appy for Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to address other safety concerns such as, but not limited to: mold, moisture control, radon and carbon monoxide.
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to assist governmental agencies identify and control hazards from lead-based paint in privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing with urban areas that have at least 3.5000 pre-1940-occupied rental housing units. Eligible activities for both grants include:
- Establishing lead-based paint hazards through testing
- Control or eliminate these hazards
- Minimial-housing intervention activities
- Temporary relocation for residents while work to remove hazards is conducted
- Relevant support costs
Applying for LBPHC and LHRD
Eligible Applicants are Native American tribes, state and local governments, and consortia. Grantees must use an inspection tool that identifies the 29 hazards in the Healthy Homes Rating System. Apply by March 23, 2017.
HUD has estimated that it will be able to make approximately 32 awards for these two programs, operating under the assumption that funding will continue at the same level as Fiscal Year 2016. That number may vary depending on Congressional appropriations in the FY 2017 budget.