Georgia and North Carolina are among 31 states slated to receive millions of dollars to protect residents from lead-based paint and other housing hazards.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $314 million to 77 state and local government agencies to combat lead poisoning and more than $5 million to address home health and safety hazards in six tribal communities.
“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” Secretary Ben Carson said in the Monday announcement. “One of HUD’s priorities is protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards. These grants will help states, tribes, and local communities do precisely that.”
In total, the investments will help more than 14,700 low-income homes.
North Carolina will be awarded $3.6 million and Georgia will receive $3.3 million of the grants, which were provided through HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program.
Some of the grants were issued in “High Impact Neighborhoods” and "Opportunity Zones."
High Impact Neighborhoods are communities that have been identified with poor housing conditions.
Opportunity Zones are also economically distressed communities. Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, investors can obtain capital gain tax exemptions for selecting the zones for business.
“HUD understands the close connection between health and housing,” Matthew Ammon, director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, said. “This year, HUD is awarding a record number of awards to jurisdictions to directly support their efforts to identify and clean up housing-based health hazards like lead and mold.”