Healthy Homes

Boston receives $450K federal grant for healthy homes

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 09:17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Boston Medical Center more than $450,000 in grants to help local children and families living in the Boston area reduce health and safety hazards within their homes, according to the Banker and Tradesman.

Grants from HUD will support efforts to control asthma and allergy triggers that are present in many homes in metropolitan areas. Mold and moisture can have a significant impact on the health of children in a home, and the money will help to eliminate these problems, reported the news source.

"HUD is committed to providing healthy and safe homes as part of our mission to help make the nation's housing more healthy and sustainable," Shaun Donovan, secretary for HUD, said in a release. "These grants will help communities to protect families and children from significant health and safety hazards."

A radiant heating system can help to eliminate some of these harmful toxins from the air, as this technology does not require the use of potentially dangerous radiators, air vents and heating ducts to provide warmth.