ASHINGTON, D. C. -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday awarded 60 non-profit organizations and government agencies in 29 states over $104 million in grants for use in abating health hazards such as lead paint.
Money from HUD’s “Healthy Homes Production Grant Program” will help grantees find and remedy health and safety problems in more than 7,400 low-income homes around the country for which other resources are not available.
“By providing these grants, HUD makes it clear that ensuring healthy and safe homes for communities across our nation is a priority,” said a statement from HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, who previously represented parts of Cleveland and Akron in Congress. “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.”
Other Ohio recipients of the money include:
• The Columbus Department of Development’s Housing Division, which will get $2 million to fix 155 units.
• The Columbus-based Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which will get $2 million for 170 units.
• The Erie County Health Department, which will get slightly more than $1 million for use in 78 units.
• The City of Lancaster, which will get $1 million to rehabilitate 60 units.
In upcoming weeks, the grantees will begin setting up and implementing their programs and making applications available for families interested and eligible for their local Healthy Homes Program, HUD said.