Healthy Homes

Indiana city awarded healthy housing grant

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 07:24

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be awarded $2.3 million in the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program and more than $180,000 in funding for other health-based improvements to residences in the area, WANE News reported.

According to the news outlet, the award will help the communities within the city provide families with the resources to combat the negative effects of lead-based paint and other products within homes that pose health risks.

"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 residents," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement. "These grants will help communities around the nation to protect families from lead exposure and other significant health and safety hazards."

According to WANE News, the grants will help to clean up lead and other hazards in up to 6,000 high-risk homes in the area, and it will train workers and families as to how to avoid these dangers and the right technology to install.

Homeowners should realize that lead-based paint is not the only thing that is present in homes and causes harm to a family. Older, more conventional heating systems tend to store and distribute contaminants due to their use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents.

Products like the Warmboard radiant heating system help to eliminate these harmful air particles, as it runs without those fixtures and is clean, quiet and efficient.

Warmboard radiant heating systems not only help to reduce the presence of contaminants in a home, but they also provide a family with a more efficient source of heat and help to lower long-term costs.