NEW CASTLE – New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced New Castle County has received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) $2 million grant to protect children and families from home health hazards.
New Castle County received this HUD grant to through its Healthy Homes Production Grant Program which will help grantees identify health and safety hazards in low-income families’ homes. The grants will protect children and families with incomes at or below eighty percent of the area median income level by targeting significant lead and health hazards in low-income homes for which other resources are not available.
“Having a safe and healthy shelter is a basic human necessity,” said County Executive Meyer. “These critical funds from our federal partners will help to ensure New Castle County families get the help they need to eliminate health and safety hazards from their home. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the community in getting the word out that these resources are available.”
“By providing these grants, HUD makes it clear that ensuring healthy and safe homes for communities across our nation is a priority,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD is working every day to keep families safe from home health hazards like lead paint because for many Americans, their home is a primary determinate of their health, and that is why HUD is committed to protecting families from these hazards and to providing healthy and sustainable housing for all Americans."
“Good health starts at home,” said Jane Miller, Deputy Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “So, HUD is committed to working with New Castle County to address home health hazards to ensure positive outcomes for families and children. Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home.”
The recently announced grants emphasize the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to solving the nation’s lead and radon crisis. In December, HUD awarded nearly $13.2 million in grants to state and local government agencies in 3 states through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LBPHR) Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead, and health and safety hazards in low-income families’ homes.
The Healthy Homes Production Grant Program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The program builds upon HUD’s successful Lead Hazard Control programs to expand the Department’s efforts to holistically address a variety of high-priority housing-based health and safety hazards, such as radon, mold and moisture, poor indoor air quality, pests, carbon monoxide, injury and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint.
In the coming weeks, grantees will begin setting up and implementing their programs and will make applications available for families who are interested and eligible for their local Healthy Homes Program.