U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards $51 Million to Clean Up Lead Hazards in Public Housing | site |

Funding to identify and control potentially dangerous lead in thousands of homes with young children

(Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 11, 2021)

Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $51.4 million to 25 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 19 states to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards in thousands of older public housing units. Provided through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, these grants will be targeted to public housing units currently occupied by families with young children. See funding chart below.

"In order to be healthy, it’s important to have a healthy home," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "Protecting families with young children from lead and other health hazards is an important part of HUD’s mission, and we don’t take it lightly. It is also a matter of environmental justice, and HUD is committed to President Biden’s directive to prioritize environmental justice and equity for disadvantaged communities."

Although lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that about 24 million older homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. While most public housing has already undergone abatement, there are still some properties where lead-based paint remains, and where hazards have redeveloped. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and can even be deadly.

On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order that placed environmental justice at the forefront of efforts to tackle the climate crisis. HUD’s awarding of this $51 million in funding is in line with the President’s order, as lead poisoning disproportionately affects people of color.

Today’s funding is the third round of funding under this program. To date, HUD has awarded $46.1 million to 51 grantees, to make approximately 4,610 units lead safe. HUD has a long history of working to ensure lead-safe housing, which fits into the broader federal response to address lead hazards found in paint, dust and soil, and other sources like water and consumer goods. For 25 years, HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has worked to improve methods to identify and address home-related health and safety hazards, including those from lead. Since 1993, HUD has awarded more than $1.58 billion in grants to communities for identification and control of lead-based paint hazards in over 190,000 low-income privately owned housing units. In addition, HUD supports research on best practices for identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards, and conducts an outreach program to raise public awareness and knowledge about lead poisoning.

HUD is awarding capital funding to the following local public housing authorities to identify and clean up lead hazards in their properties:

State Public Housing Authority Grant Amount
Alabama Sylacauga Housing Authority $2,472,000
Greene County Housing Authority $1,980,000
Alabama Total $4,452,000
Arizona Winslow Public Housing Authority $60,000
Arizona Total $60,000
California Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles $5,000,000
California Total $5,000,000
Connecticut Housing Authority of the City of New Haven $3,700,000
Housing Authority of Bristol $1,930,000
Connecticut Total $5,630,000
Florida Plant City Housing Authority $2,000,000
Florida Total $2,000,000
Georgia Lyons Housing Authority $500,000
Georgia Total $500,000
Illinois Scott County Housing Authority $572,000
Illinois Total $572,000
Louisiana Lafayette Housing Authority $1,892,000
Housing Authority of the City of Opelousas $2,106,000
St. James Parish Housing Authority $1,000,000
Louisiana Total $4,998,000
Maryland Housing Authority of Baltimore City $47,250
Maryland Total $47,250
Michigan Flint Housing Commission $1,370,525
Michigan Total $1,370,525
Mississippi Housing Authority of the City of Tupelo $458,000
Mississippi Total $458,000
North Carolina Ayden Housing Authority $1,575,000
Robeson County Housing Authority $1,520,000
North Carolina Total $3,095,000
New York New York City Housing Authority $5,000,000
New York Total $5,000,000
Ohio Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority $5,000,000
Ohio Total $5,000,000
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Housing Authority $1,176,085
Pennsylvania Total $1,176,085
South Carolina Rock Hill Housing Authority $3,030,000
South Carolina Total $3,030,000
Texas Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio $4,861,055
Alice Housing Authority $2,371,600
Livingston Housing Authority $1,196,000
Texas Total $8,428,655
Washington Housing Authority of the City of Seattle $567,256
Washington Total $567,256
Total Grant Awards $51,384,771