|HUD No. 23-106
HUD Public Affairs
June 1, 2023
HUD KICKS OFF NATIONAL JUNE HEALTHY HOMES MONTH
The theme of Connecting Home, Health and You highlights how fixing hazards in homes improves the health of residents while improving access to safe, affordable and healthy housing across the country.
WASHINGTON – Today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicks off this year’s National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM), an annual campaign highlighting the direct link between housing quality and the health of the residents.
National Healthy Homes Month serves to educate families and communities on the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy home by addressing household hazards, including reducing moisture and mold, improving ventilation, controlling pests and maintenance of indoor air quality.
This year’s theme of Connecting home, health and YOU, highlights the link between housing quality and health, and is designed to raise awareness of the need to reduce costs to families by preventing injury and illness, improving and preserving the supply of affordable housing, and improving quality of life. of vulnerable populations. To learn more about NHHM 2023, including available topics and resources, and to sign up for updates, visit the website at NHHM home page.
“This month, we are reminded that everyone in this country deserves to be safe and healthy at home,” he said. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD and our many partners are working together to protect vulnerable residents from lead exposure and other health hazards in the home.”
An important aspect of NHHM will be the opening of the nomination process for the new HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Healthy Homes. For the first time, the competition will select a recipient (organization, group or individual) who best exemplifies the holistic approach required to create a healthy home culture. The nomination period and the website will be available on June 5, 2023 at 10 am It will be accessible through: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes.
As part of HUD’s commitment to ensuring healthy homes, we recently announced two landmark Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) that will make homes healthier and safer for low-income families.
The first NOFO provides more than $700 million in grants to state and local governments to improve health and safety in older (pre-1978) private homes for low-income families under the Hazard Reduction Grant Program for HUD Lead, one of HUD’s largest health and safety programs. investments to date for privately owned homes. Applications must be submitted by June 14. You can download the application package from the website for this program at Grants.gov.
The second NOFO provides $50 million to help communities build the capacity needed to operate a large-scale lead hazard control and healthy homes program, under the Lead Hazard Reduction Capacity Building Grant Program of HUD, a program developed in direct response to feedback from communities. Applications must be submitted by June 27. You can download the application package from the website for this program at Grants.gov.
Additional funding opportunities will be announced soon, including the Healthy Homes Production Grant Program and the Senior Home Modification Grant Program. You will find descriptions of these programs, when they are announced, through HUD’s Financing Opportunities Homepage.
For more information about NHHM 2023, visit the NHHM 2023 website at NHHM home page.