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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 27, 2004
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Press contact: Adam Glantz
212-264-1100

JACKSON ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $4 MILLION TO PROTECT NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM DANGEROUS LEAD AND OTHER HOME HAZARDS

Funding builds on remarkable success of HUD programs in healthy housing

NEW YORK - Lower income children and families in New York City will live in healthier homes because of more than $4 million in grants announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson (see below for New York City's grant summaries). The grants are part of nearly $168 million awarded around the nation to help local communities to conduct a wide range of activities to improve the conditions of families living in lower income housing, including:

  • To remove potentially dangerous lead from lower income homes;
  • To stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control;
  • To educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint;
  • To fund model programs promoting healthier and safer home environments; and,
  • To support scientific research into innovative methods of identifying and eliminating health hazards in housing.


"Every family deserves a safe and healthy home to raise their children," said Jackson. "The funding we announce today will help protect children from dangerous lead, fund important research into healthier housing and will create other public and private investment to improve the living conditions of thousands of homes."

Lead Hazard Control Grant Programs

The funding announced today includes more than $145 million to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income housing units. These funds are provided through HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs. In addition, HUD's Operation LEAP (Lead Elimination Action Program) will provide $8.9 million to stimulate private sector contributions that will enable children to grow up in homes that are free from lead-based paint hazards. HUD will also award $1.9 million in Lead Outreach grants to support public education campaigns on the hazards of lead-based paint and what parents, building owners and others can do to protect children. Further, $1.7 million will assist local research institutions to study ways to drive down the cost and increase the effectiveness of lead hazard identification and control.

HUD's lead hazard control program has a remarkable track record. Since the program began in 1990, more than 26 million fewer homes have lead-based paint. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of lead-poisoned children in the U.S. declined by half in the past decade. Today, HUD's program is active in over 115 communities, helping to clean up lead hazards in low-income, privately owned housing.

The following is a breakdown of the funding announced today for New York City:

Amount of Award: $4,000,000
Contact: Carol Abrams, Ass't Commissioner for Communications, HPD (212) 863-5176

The City of New York will be awarded $4,000,000. The main objective is to reduce lead-based paint hazards in 398 units in pre-1940 buildings, located in the five most at-risk neighborhoods. The five-targeted areas that have been chosen have the highest incidences of elevated blood levels in children less than six years of age. The proposal describes New York City Departments of Housing Prevention and Development (HPD) planned partnership with four community-based organizations: Brooklyn Housing and Family Services (BHFS), formerly known as Brooklyn Tenants Council in Brooklyn, Inc; St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation (SNNPC), all three in the borough of Brooklyn; and HANAC, Inc. in West Queens, in the borough of Queens. The City of New York has obtained $2,627,857 in matching funds.

Amount of Award: $500,000
Contact: Carol Abrams, Ass't Commissioner for Communications, HPD (212) 863-5176

To make better known the hazards of lead-based paint, the City of New York will be awarded $500,000 to outreach to targeted communities in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst/Corona of West Queens and East Flatbush/Flatbush in Brooklyn. These two target areas also have other markers for lead-paint poisoning: an overwhelming majority of residential buildings were constructed before 1947; a high number of households with children less than six years of age; and, a high number of households that live at or below very low-income levels. This proposal focuses on outreach, marketing strategies and lead-awareness education, improving housing conditions and enrolling some 150 dwelling units for lead treatment. HPD's planned partnerships include Brooklyn Housing and Family Services and HANAC, Inc. Both groups will be provided with $100,000 to support the grant initiatives and activities.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

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