The Wilmington Housing Authority received $5 million as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Capital Fund Housing-Related Hazards and Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Capital Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity awards.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity provides a total of $157 million with 20 awards under Lead-Based Paint and 54 awards under Housing-Related Hazards.
The program provides funding to public housing agencies to evaluate and reduce residential health hazards in public housing, including lead-based paint, carbon monoxide, mold, radon, fire safety, and asbestos.
“American families deserve a safe and healthy place to call home. However, in many older homes, lead-based paint can be a serious threat to the health and well-being of children,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge. “This funding effort will help us identify homes where occupants are at risk of lead exposure and other health hazards, and build on our promise of a healthier, stronger country.”
“Lead poisoning is an entirely preventable tragedy that dramatically impacts a child’s health and ability to learn,” said HUD principal deputy assistant secretary Richard Monocchio. “This funding opportunity will help families across the country protect their children from lead poisoning and exposure to other hazardous contaminants in their homes. Particularly in many of our neighborhoods with older housing stock, it is critical to identify and remediate housing units with potential lead-based paint to ensure our kids can grow up healthy.”