Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant assist State, Tribal, and local governments to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in privately-owned housing that is owned by or rented to low- or very-low income families.

Specific objectives include: (1) Maximize the combination of children

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less than six years of age protected from lead poisoning and housing units where lead-hazards are controlled; (2) preventing childhood lead poisoning; (3) Stimulate lower-cost and cost-effective methods and approaches to lead hazard control work that can be replicated; (4)Build local capacity to safely and effectively address lead hazards during lead hazard control, renovation, remodeling, and maintenance activities by integrating lead safe work practices into housing maintenance, repair, weatherization, rehabilitation and other programs that will continue beyond the grant period; (5) Affirmatively further fair housing and environmental justice (6) Develop a comprehensive community approach to address lead hazards in housing by mobilizing public and private resources, involving cooperation among all levels of government, the private sector, and grassroots community-based nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations, to develop cost-effective methods for identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards (7) establishing a public registry of lead-safe housing; and (8) To the greatest extent feasible, promote job training, employment, and other economic opportunities for low-income and minority residents and businesses that are owned by and/or employ minorities and low-income persons as defined in 24 CFR 135.5 (See 59 FR 33881, June 30, 1994).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

San Bernardino County, California, works with its partners to provide abatement services to low-and moderate-income families in approximately 300 housing units, especially the homes of children with high blood-lead levels where documented lead-based paint hazards have been identified.

The District of Columbia's Department of Housing and Community Development partners with DC's Department of Health, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, and Department of Employment Services, with supporting partnerships with the Office of Local Business Development, several low-income community-based organizations, and local environmental organizations, to conduct lead hazard control in high-risk communities.


Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.


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Program Accomplishments

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program projects are designed to accomplish the following objectives: Perform testing and lead hazard control activities in targeted, low-income, owner occupied rental housing, and conduct general or targeted community awareness and education programs on lead hazard control and poisoning prevention within this designated area.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Fiscal Year 2008, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.

Submit your electronic application through http://www.grants.gov.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program, the applicant must be a city, county, or other unit of local government.

States and Indian Tribes may apply on behalf of units of local government within their jurisdiction, if the local government designates the state or the Indian Tribe as their applicant.

Multiple units of a local government (or multiple local governments) may apply as part of a consortium; however, you must identify a prime applicant that will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all requirements specified in this NOFA.

State government and Native American tribal applicants must have an EPA approved State Program for certification of lead-based paint contractors, inspectors, and risk assessors in accordance with 40 CFR 745 in effect on the application deadline date to be eligible to apply for Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Occupants and owners of eligible target housing, Section 1011(a) of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X). Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grants shall be for lead-based paint hazard control in this housing. Funds shall be available only for projects conducted using contractors and inspectors certified, and workers trained through an EPA authorized program. Selected beneficiaries must comply with all eligibility criteria and all applicable restrictions presented in the Appropriation language and with all requirements presented in the NOFA.

Credentials/Documentation

For the Lead Hazard Control Grant Program, costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and specific requirements of 24 CFR 85.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grants provides information about the application procedure. All grants must be submitted electronically, via www.grants.gov, unless a waiver from electronic submission is received. Copies of the NOFA and required forms can be obtained at Grants.gov. Other relevant information can be found at HUD's website, www.hud.gov, or the Office's website, www.hud.gov/offices/lead/. For questions related to the application process, E-mail: Support@grants.gov, call grants.gov at (800) 518-GRANTS or via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

HUD's review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.

Deadlines

To be considered for funding, the application should be submitted electronically through Grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on July 17, 2008, the date specified in the 2008 NOFA. Applications for waivers from the electronic submission must be submitted as specified in the General Section. No hand-delivered applications will be accepted. Announcements regarding availability of funding were published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2008.

Authorization

Sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970; Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

25 percent local match, which may be cash, including private sector funding, in-kind contributions, or both. For the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program, HUD may grant a waiver of the 25 percent match requirement, if the applicant submits a request that meets HUD's criteria. Waiver eligible applicants should provide the 10% match. Except for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Federal Revenue Sharing programs, or other programs which by statute allow their funds to be considered local funds and therefore eligible to be used as matching funds, Federal funds may not be used to satisfy the statutory 10 percent requirement, but may be used for contributions above that requirement. You must support each source of contributions by a letter of commitment from the contributing entity, describing the contributed resources and their designated purpose.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant award for a period of performance is 36 months. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions for a period not to exceed 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly financial management and performance reports are required of participating jurisdictions.

Audits

In accordance with OMB Circular A-133.

Records

As required by OMB Circular A-110 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0174-0-1-451.

Obigations

FY 07 $54,700,000; FY 08 est $44,000,000; and FY 09 $48,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $44.7 million in fiscal year 2008 funds is available. The minimum award amount shall be approximately $1 million per grant up to $4 million per grant. Approximately 10 to approximately 14 grants will be awarded to applicants for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability is available at Grants.gov; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain. For Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grants, there is some change in the content and direction of the NOFA that is issued each year, dependent on SuperNOFA format, Congressional direction, changes in emphasis among priorities, and improvements based on experience with prior NOFAs.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Jonnette G. Hawkins, Director, Programs Division, Office of Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 8236, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-7593 (this is not a toll-free number). If you are a hearing- or speech-impaired person, you may reach the above telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800) 877-8339.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For Fiscal Year 2008 HUD will use the technical and financial selection criteria listed in the NOFA.



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