HUD AWARDS $2.9 MILLION TO PEORIA COUNTY TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS
In an effort to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and other health hazards and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $3.2 million to the county of Peoria, Illinois. The County of Peoria was awarded $2,906,610 in Lead Hazard Control grant program funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funds. The grant funding announced today will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect 180 families living in homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards.
HUD’s Lead Hazard Control grant programs have a demonstrated history of success, filling critical needs in urban communities where no other resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable residents.
As HUD celebrates its 50th anniversary, HUD Secretary Julián Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including helping children and families secure quality housing by protecting them from the hazards of lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.
“Every child deserves the chance to grow up in a safe and healthy home,” said Castro. “Today, we take another important step to help eliminate potentially dangerous lead hazards and to make these homes healthier and safer places for families to call home.”
“HUD is committed to protecting children in Illinois from lead and other home hazards in order to assist them in achieving their full potential,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD’s Midwest Regional Administrator.
Unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the economy directly, through increased utilization of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all which help to improve the quality of life.
The County of Peoria will address lead hazards in 180 housing units and assess and address Healthy Home hazards in 130 of those units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The County of Peoria will continue to act as a delegate of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and collaborate with the local city agencies, health departments and federal agencies to carry out the grant.
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health 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.
The funding announced today directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. HUD is also providing the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control program grantees over $8.8 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high risk housing simultaneously, in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
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