HUD makes over $469 Million available to protect families from home health and safety hazards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that makes over $469 million in grants available to state and local governments to help transform communities by fixing older housing, preserving affordable housing, and improving the health of children and families in these communities. HUD’s lead hazard control grant programs have successfully filled critical needs for remediating housing hazards, focusing on the most vulnerable residents of communities with limited local resources to address these hazards.  

“Affordable, resilient, and quality housing is a priority of this Department, and these grants affirm HUD’s commitment to providing safe and healthy homes,” said HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman. “By addressing and eliminating lead hazards in our nation’s homes, we are not only protecting the well-being of our children but also investing in the future prosperity of our families. Together, we can create environments where families thrive, free from the dangers of lead exposure.” 

Grants to state and local governments to be awarded under this NOFO will improve health and safety in privately-owned older (pre-1978) homes of low-income families under HUD’s Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program – one of the largest health and safety investments to date for privately-owned housing. Within this NOFO, HUD is making available over $44 million in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding, supporting grantees’ efforts to control additional housing-related health and safety hazards in those homes in conjunction with the lead hazard control work, providing a whole home approach to addressing housing-related hazards. 

This funding contributes to HUD achieving its strategic objective to strengthen environmental justice by reducing exposure to health risks and environmental hazards, especially for low-income households and disadvantaged communities. Read the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 HUD Strategic Plan on HUD’s website. 

State and local governments have until August 19, 2024 to apply for this NOFO through here. HUD strongly encourages eligible applicants to apply for these critical resources that help transform communities by improving older housing.