BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal housing officials are awarding more than $3.7 million to Baltimore to eliminate lead poison hazards and perform assessments of hundreds of homes for low-income families.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced more than $48 million in grants to 14 state and local government to target health hazards, including lead, in nearly 3,200 low-income homes during a news conference Tuesday in Baltimore with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Officials say Baltimore has nearly three times the national rate of lead poisoning, which can reduce IQ, cause learning disabilities and impair hearing, and it disproportionately affects African-American children living in old, distressed housing. The funding will help Baltimore address lead hazards in 230 housing units for low- and very low-income families and perform healthy home assessments in 330 units.
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