Healthy Homes

California city to receive HUD grant for healthy homes

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:14

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services recently received a $2.4 million federal grant to eliminate home health hazards, including asthma and allergy triggers and lead-based paint, the Long Beach Post reported.

According to the news source, nearly $2 million of the funding will be directed towards controlling or abating lead hazards in homes in Long Beach, under the three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Post reported that Long Beach was one of only four entities in California to receive the Lead-Based Paint grant, and has previously received more than $10 million in similar grants to assist thousands of residents.

"The City of Long Beach has a large number of pre-1950’s homes, which may harbor health risks such as lead-based paint, pest infestation and mold," Dr. Mauro Torno, Interim City Health Officer, told the news source. "These HUD programs assist in identifying public health risks in the home and removing or controlling them."

The second component of the grant would allow for a comprehensive delivery of interventions intended to improve the health of area children with asthma. The program would help to reduce the housing-related hazards, such as the presence of contaminants that is often caused by outdated heating systems.

Older, conventional heating systems tend to store and distribute contaminants through radiators, heating ducts and air vents, polluting the air of a home and posing health hazards for children.

Families may want to consider using a Warmboard radiant heating system as a way to avoid pollutants in the air of a residence, as this product does not use radiators, heating ducts or air vents to deliver heat.