On January 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $104.7 million to 60 non-profit organizations, and state and local government agencies located in 29 states to protect children and families from home health hazards. The grant will provide the City funding for a new 42-month program to address health and safety needs for low-moderate households as part of rehabilitation efforts.
HUD is providing these grants 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 over 7,400 low-income homes for which other resources are not available.
Healthy Homes Roanoke is a public-private partnership that works to improve the health, safety, and comfort of our most vulnerable citizens through holistic home assessment that addresses energy burden, indoor air quality, and home safety. The partnership consists of the City’s HUD Community Services Division and Office of Sustainability; Non-Profit Rehabilitation Organizations (Total Action for Progress, Renovation Alliance, and Blue Ridge Independent Living Center); Utilities (Roanoke Gas); and Medical Providers (Carilion Clinic).
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 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.
To learn more about the grant program, visit https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_22_004.
For questions about the program, please contact Katie Kennedy, [email protected], or Nell Boyle, [email protected].