HUD’s Efforts to Identify and Mitigate Resident Risks for HUD Properties On or Near Contaminated Sites
|Ensuring Safe and Affordable Housing
HUD OIG is evaluating HUD’s efforts to identify and mitigate resident risks for its properties on or near Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites and non-NPL sites with lead contamination. We initiated this evaluation due to the lead poisoning of residents in an East Chicago, IN, public housing complex and the possibility that residents in thousands of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-funded properties across the Nation face health risks because they are living on or near other contaminated sites. Our objectives are to deteremine (1) the circumstances surrounding the lead poisoning of residents at the West Calumet Housing Complex; (2) what steps HUD has taken to understand the potential health risks posed to residents in HUD-owned or -funded properties near NPL sites contaminated with heavy metals and other pollutants and non-NPL sites contaminated with lead, and (3) what HUD has done to mitigate these potential health risks.