FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2000
Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
CITY OF NEW YORK WINS HUD AWARD OF $3/4 MILLION TO PROMOTE CHILD HEALTH AND SAFETY IN "HEALTHY HOMES"
Money to be used in Bedford-Stuyvesant by Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Department of Health (DOH), and others
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $763,421 in grant money to the City of New York to protect families in low-income housing from health and safety hazards. The "Healthy Homes" funds will promote cost effective, preventive measures to correct lead-based paint and dust, allergens, mold and accidental injury - the major hazards to children in their homes.
"The health and safety of New York City's children is a priority of the Giuliani Administration," said HPD Commissioner Richard T. Roberts. "We want to train building owners and tenants to identify and remove environmental hazards at home."
New York's plan, called the Bedford-Stuyvesant Healthy Homes Initiative, will include:
- Identifying, selecting and enrolling eligible owners and tenants of 400 low-income apartments in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
- Assessing apartments to detect the presence of environmental hazards, specifically lead paint and dust, allergens, mold, and accidental injury.
- Training owners and tenants on hazard identification, associated health affects, and simple, low-cost remediation and maintenance strategies.
- Developing practical work plans for addressing identified hazards.
- Providing in-home assistance as well as $300 to $1,500 vouchers for remediation of hazards.
- Evaluating the success of the program.
HUD received 52 applications for Healthy Homes grants and selected five winners. Winners were selected based on their ability to develop cost-effective, preventive measures to correct safety and health hazards in the home.
The grant was formally awarded to the Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc. (MHRA), which will administer the funds to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Department of Health (DOH), Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bridge Street Development Corporation, New York City Technical College, and Hunter College.
HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 58,000 units of affordable housing.