ICAST Awarded $2 Million Healthy Homes Production Grant
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded ICAST a $2M Healthy Homes Production Grant to retrofit at least 200 low-income (LI) multifamily homes in New Mexico. ICAST will collaborate with local partners to identify properties with significant home environmental hazards (e.g., radon, mold) and deliver healthy homes and energy efficiency upgrades to protect LI residents’ health and safety and improve the functioning of their homes.
The Healthy Homes Production Grant Program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The program builds upon HUD’s successful Lead Hazard Control programs to expand the Department’s efforts to holistically address a variety of high-priority housing-based health and safety hazards, such as mold and moisture, poor indoor air quality, pests, carbon monoxide, injury, and safety hazards, in addition to lead-based paint.