HUD Retrospective Evaluation

Project Funder: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Project Partner: Battelle Memorial Institute

Project Contact: Jonathan Wilson, jwilson@nchh.org, 443.539.4162

Project Description: HUD contracted with Battelle and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) to study the programs of representative grantees receiving Lead Hazard Control Grants in years after those that participated in the original national evaluation. The objective was to determine how well the overall HUD program was doing and to note any significant changes in the activities of program recipients. Battelle led the project, which involved a qualitative program evaluation and a statistical evaluation of dust lead data collected before and after treatment. NCHH interviewed local program managers with respect to such issues as dwelling unit selection, hazard control treatment strategy, contracting with construction firms, tenant relocation, and clearance. NCHH also visited four treated units in each program to get an idea as to what was actually done. No new dust tests or occupant interviews were carried out.