The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $11.3 million across the State of Illinois including $5.6 million to the County of Peoria and more than $314 million to 77 state and local government agencies, a record investment to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards. In addition, HUD has awarded more than $5 million to six tribal communities.

These grants are provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program and Healthy Homes Protection Grant Program for Tribal Housing to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing. Many of the grantees announced today, will work to clean up lead hazards in Opportunity Zones.

“We at HUD understand the importance of the intersection between health and housing and are deeply committed to protecting families and children across the County of Peoria and the State of Illinois so they can reach their full potential,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan.

“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s record investment in Peoria will provide critical support to our community as they work to clean up hazardous lead-based paint and keep families safe,” stated Representative Darin LaHood. “I applaud Secretary Carson and HUD for making this investment in Peoria County and I will continue to work with them to support Illinois families.

Monica Hendrickson, Administrator, Peoria City/County Health Department states, “This new HUD grant will allow our partners in Peoria to continue the goal to eliminate lead paint and other home safety hazards to children and families. Using a community-based approach, we will help build capacity to ensure lead-safe work practices, as well as provide linkages and referrals to community partners to address the link between health and housing.”

The Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program grants include $30 million in HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities address housing-related health and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint hazards. Seven local communities were awarded grants to help their ‘High Impact Neighborhood’ where they will conduct lead hazard control and healthy homes work intensively in a targeted neighborhood impacted by poor housing conditions. HUD’s new tribal grants fill critical needs in communities where limited resources exist to address substandard housing that threatens the health of the most vulnerable tribal residents.

Combined, these investments will protect families and children by targeting health hazards in more than 14,700 low-income homes with significant lead and health hazards for which other resources are not available to address these needs.