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HUD awards $139M to make low-income housing safer

Grants funds to clean up lead paint, other hazards

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Seven grant programs totaling $139 million to clean up lead paint hazards and improve living conditions for lower-income families were announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants will help 62 local projects around the country, benefiting thousands of children and families in 26 states, according to HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. The projects aim to eliminate dangerous lead from lower income homes, stimulate investment in lead control, educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint, fund programs promoting safer homes and support scientific research into innovative methods to identify and eliminate health hazards in housing, HUD said. The funding announced today includes nearly $123 million to eliminate dangerous lead paint hazards in thousands of privately owned, low-income-housing units, according to HUD. These funds are provided through HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant prog...