Healthy Homes

Cheyenne Housing Authority receives federal funding for healthy homes

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 09:18

The Cheyenne, Wyoming Housing Authority has been awarded a federal grant that is worth more than $34,000 to help its residents make improvements to their residences to create more healthy homes within the state, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been awarded to the city, as the federal department has $95 million to award to local communities in an effort to increase the number of sustainable and healthy homes nationwide, reported the news source.

Obtaining the funding has been difficult for areas with a smaller population, like Cheyenne, due to the fact that many regions of the country have asked for help from HUD.

"Competition is tough," Lyle Konkol, acting state director for HUD in Casper, told the Eagle. "Our population in Wyoming is so small it is hard to compete."

Not all areas of the country will be able to receive funding, and these families may want to create a healthy home without help from the federal government. A radiant heating system is an efficient first step to make in removing toxins from the home, as the allergens that are generated by the radiators and heating vents from traditional heating systems are not used in this technology.