BOSTON – To help protect children and seniors from exposure to health hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $2.7 million to two Massachusetts universities and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve methods for identifying and controlling residential health risks including lead-based paint, mold, secondhand tobacco smoke, and other indoor contaminants.
This funding is part of $6.7 million awarded nationally.
The following is a breakdown of the Massachusetts funding:
|LEAD TECHINCAL STUDIES AND HEALTHY HOMES GRANTS|
|Massachusetts Department of Public Health||$1,000,000|
|President and Fellows of Harvard College
“This research will help communities create healthier home environments for families and seniors,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These grants not only save money but also help to prevent injuries from lead-based paint exposure and common housing-related health hazards.”
“It’s critical that we continue supporting research to develop evidence-based methods that make our homes safer places to live, said Matt Ammon, Director of the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “We know that poor quality housing can contribute to injury and illness, which is entirely preventable.”
HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead-paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards from lower income homes, stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control, support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards, and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.