March 14, 2011

The H in HUD Can Stand for Health Too…

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Last week I blogged about why I thought the “H” in HUD stood for help. But as one commenter put it, ‘H’ can also stand for health.

Commenter 203k is right … “H” can also stand for health. Did you know, lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood. And even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. Asthma in our homes costs the U.S. economy approximately $3.5 billion a year and effects more than 16 million Americans, including nearly seven million children.

Two months ago HUD awarded nearly $127 million in grants to 48 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. On top of that, HUD awarded $7.8 million in grants to 14 local projects to fund research on the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for children with asthma and novel strategies for reducing risks from lead-contaminated soil and house dust. To find out which organizations in your area received funding and how they may be able to help you visit project descriptions on HUD’s website.

To commenter 203k, thanks for inspiring me to dedicate this blog to health and home hazards. We read all comments and are thrilled that you follow us. Tell your friends about the HUDdle and continue to give us your feedback.

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