by: Gary Boyer
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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Late last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $105 million to dozens of non-profit organizations, as well as state and local government agencies in 29 states to protect children and families from home health hazards.
In Roanoke, the funding which totals $2 million, will allow for a new 42-month program addressing health and safety needs for low-moderate households as part of rehabilitation efforts.
These grants, provided by HUD through its Healthy Homes Production Grant Program, will help grantees identify health and safety hazards in low-income households.
Funds will financially protect children and families who have incomes at or below eighty percent of the area median income level, by targeting significant lead and health hazards in over 7,400 low-income homes where other resources are not available.
Healthy Homes Roanoke is a public-private partnership that works to improve the health, safety, and comfort of our most vulnerable citizens through holistic home assessment addressing energy burden, indoor air quality and home safety.
The partnership consists of the City’s HUD Community Services Division and the Office of Sustainability; Non-Profit Rehabilitation Organizations (Total Action for Progress, Renovation Alliance, and Blue Ridge Independent Living Center); Utilities (Roanoke Gas); and Medical Providers (Carilion Clinic).
In the coming weeks, applications will be available for families who are interested and eligible for their local Healthy Homes Program.