The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that they are making grants available for lower income homes to help eliminate lead-based paint and other related health hazards. Applications are being accepted for the three programs until June 9, 2011 and are designed to protect young children and other vulnerable populations like asthma sufferers.

“These grants are critical for States, counties and cities who are on the front lines of protecting our children from lead hazards and other residential hazards,” said Jon Gant, Director of the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. “While we have made remarkable progress toward eliminating lead poisoning in children nationwide, now is the time to focus on reaching the finish line. We look forward to communities applying for these grants so that they can help make older housing safer and healthier for children.”

HUD is making grants available through the following three programs:

– Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant programs – These grants will identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned housing for rental or owner-occupants. Application due date: Thursday, June 9, 2011

– Healthy Homes Production – This grant program is modeled after the previously successful Healthy Homes Demonstration and Lead Hazard Control grant programs, and will enable public and private grantees to address multiple housing-related hazards at the same time. Application due date: Thursday, June 9, 2011.

All applications must be submitted electronically through HUD also recommends signing up for’s notification service to receive periodic updates and changes to this grant offering.

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