Healthy Homes

HUD awards $93 million to help create healthy homes

Fri, 09/16/2011 - 09:39

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $93 million in grants to 39 local projects that will help protect children and families from hazardous materials that are often found in homes, according to a release from the organization.

Grant funding from HUD will help families clean up lead and other health hazards that are present in more than 7,000 high-risk homes, along with training workers to remove the materials in a more efficient manner.

"Protecting the health and well-being of children is a top priority for HUD. We know that housing conditions directly affect the health of its occupants," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards."

HUD wanted to emphasize the notion that a healthy family is only possible if the associated home is not sick.

Radiant heating systems can help a family make a healthier home, as many harmful toxins and allergens that exist with more traditional heating systems are not present in these houses because of the lack of radiators and heating vents.