HUD has released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program (LBPCF). The FY 2017 Appropriations bill provided $25 million to be available for competitive grants to PHAs to evaluate and reduce lead-based paint hazards in public housing. These grants are for risk assessments, abatement, and interim controls as defined in Section 1004 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. Grants are subject to normal PHA regulations. Applications are due Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Properties eligible for funding under this NOFA must have at least one family with a child under age six at the time of application. HUD will use data in the IMS/PIC system to verify family occupancy for eligible applications after the threshold review is completed. Eligible properties may include playgrounds or child-care centers that are part of the public housing project. Applications that request more than $1,000,000 in grant funds will not meet the threshold eligibility and will not be reviewed further. A PHA that is troubled or under the direction of HUD is eligible for funding, provided the PHA is in compliance with any current Memorandum of Agreement or Recovery Agreement.
Funds can only be used for the activities of lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls, and clearance examinations. Other work in the property, including work to prepare for lead hazard control (e.g., repairs to the substrate, fixing leaks or other renovations) cannot be funded with this grant. Housing units that have had lead-based paint abated (as demonstrated by documentation of a prior lead evaluation and abatement), and where the abatement is still performing are not eligible for enrollment under this grant program. Funds under this NOFA may not be used at projects under Commitments to enter into Housing Assistance Payments Contracts (CHAPs) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
Applications should be submitted to grants.gov. Applications are due Tuesday, March 20, 2018.