In an effort to promote affordable housing that is also safe, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced last year that he was creating two new grant programs. The grants were awarded through HUD’s Office of Healthy Home and Lead Hazard Control. Near the end of 2010, after the program has been up and running for few months, Secretary Donovan announced that it has been a great success.
Close to $100 million was allocated to two programs aimed at removing health and safety hazards that put children at risk. LEAP – the Operation Lead Elimination Action Program – was created to address lead paint hazards. A maximum of $2 million is available to each grantee, which must not be government entities. Only non-profit or for-profit private sector business and organizations are eligible. When funding requests are being evaluated, points are awarded to those requests that have matching funds available – potentially turning a $2 million grant into $4 million.
The other program deemed a success by Secretary Donovan is the Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program. This program was created to address health and safety hazards other than lead paint. Issues such as mold, allergens, carbon monoxide and safety risks like obstructed pathways are just some of the problems corrected with money from this program. Award recipients are required to submit a Quality Assurance Plan, and a full assessment of the housing units for which the grant will be used. No less than 65 percent of money awarded must be spend … Read More