Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today announced a grant to increase the Healthy Homes Resource Program through IHCDA.

“We are thrilled to have received this grant to better serve Hoosiers across the state,” Crouch said. “Addressing hazards such as lead paint and radon can be expensive fixes, and many Hoosiers can’t afford these costs – some upwards of $20,000. This grant will aid in helping Hoosiers update their homes, especially families with small children.”

IHCDA received $4.7 million through the  United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program. This new grant will supplement IHCDA’s Healthy Homes Production Grant. Both grant programs will be managed under the Healthy Homes Resource Program.

The additional funds will be used to target households with children under the age of six and will serve all 92 Indiana counties. The program will kick off in early 2023 and will aim to mitigate lead paint and radon interventions in 165 homes across Indiana.

In Indiana, 65% of homes were built prior to 1980, and nearly 20% were built prior to 1940, meaning many homes are in need of lead hazard reduction repairs.

Qualifications for the Lead Protection Program include:

  • You have a child under the age of 6 living in the home
  • You have a pregnant female living in the home
  • You have bare soil in the yard
  • You own or rent your home

IHCDA will work with a network of partners such as community action agencies, county commissioners, township trustees municipalities, weatherization networks and public housing authorities to refer potential beneficiaries to the program. IHCDA through its Healthy Homes Resource Program webpage, will continue to provide resources to homeowners, renters and contractors on lead hazards and healthy homes interventions.

For more information about the program and to apply, click here.