HUD Awards $19.5 Million to the cities of Boston, Lynn, Worcester and Quincy

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Ben Carson

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $19.5 million to the cities of Boston, Lynn, Worcester and Quincy to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.

This funding is part of $314 million being awarded nationally to 77 state and local government agencies, a record investment.

“These grants will help Massachusetts communities to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards, “said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator.

The City of Lynn will be awarded $8,704,184 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding and $600,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will address lead hazards in 400 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments in 350 units, and work with other medical and social service providers.

Contact Person: Donald Walker, (781) 586-6778 and dwalker@lynnma.gov.

The City of Quincy will be awarded $300,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding for use with its 2018 Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant. The City will perform healthy homes assessments in 60 units, and work with other medical and social service providers. Contact Person: Xue Zou, (617) 745-7168 and szou@quincyma.gov.

The City of Boston will be awarded $3,922,674 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding and $420,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will address lead hazards in 200 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments in 120 units, and work with other medical and social service providers. Contact Person: David George, (617) 635-0664 and david.george@boston.gov.

The City of Worcester will be awarded $5,000,000 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program funding and $600,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will address lead hazards in 250 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The City will also perform healthy homes assessments in 120 units, and work with other medical and social service providers. Contact Person: James Brooks, (508) 799-1400 and brooksj@worcesterma.gov.

These grants are provided through HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program and Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing. Many of the grantees announced today will work to clean up lead hazards in Opportunity Zones.

“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” said Secretary Ben Carson.

The Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program grants include $30 million in HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities address housing-related health and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint hazards. Seven local communities were awarded grants to help their ‘High Impact Neighborhood’ where they will conduct lead hazard control and healthy homes work intensively in a targeted neighborhood impacted by poor housing conditions. HUD’s new tribal grants fill critical needs in communities where limited resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable tribal residents.

Combined, these investments will protect families and children by targeting health hazards in more than 14,700 low-income homes with significant lead and health hazards for which other resources are not available to address these needs.