BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: HUD Provides Grants for Lead-Based Paint Abatement

Leon Cameron, Esq. | March 2, 2017

On Feb. 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability of grants to help abate lead-based paint hazards in lower income homes. The chief purpose of these grants is to protect young children in these residences. These monies will also give an opportunity for communities to establish programs to control other housing-related health and safety hazards (e.g. mold, asbestos, pests, carbon monoxide and radon).

The housing improvements that local communities plan to make under these grants will help prevent injury and illness in youth, reduce associated health care and social services costs, and reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work.

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes. In addition, the office stimulates private sector investment in lead hazard control and supports cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazard Lastly, this office is tasked with educating the public on housing-related dangers.

The grants to states, local governments and the private sector are being offered through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program. With these grants, HUD is providing additional funding to identify and abate, in homes where lead-based paint hazards are being controlled, other housing-related health hazards.

HUD expects to make approximately 32 awards under these programs. This estimate assumes funding at the same level as Fiscal Year 2016. The actual number of awards made under this funding notice will depend on the amount that Congress appropriates in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, the number of eligible applicants, and other external factors.

HUD requires prospective grantees to submit their applications electronically at www.grants.gov. Prospective grantees are urged to sign up for Grants.gov’s notification service to receive periodic updates on the status of their application.

Editor’s Note: The foregoing is for information purposes only and does not confer an attorney/client relationship. For a legal opinion or advice specific to your situation, please consult with a private attorney at law.

Leon Cameron, Esq.
Leon Cameron, Esq., is Director of Legal Services & Professional Standards Administrator for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.