Indiana gives $200K to help families amid lead contamination

Indiana gives $200K to help families amid lead contamination

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The state of Indiana is providing $200,000 to the city of East Chicago to help families living at a public housing complex where soil is tainted with elevated levels of lead and arsenic.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority says its board on Thursday approved the allocation of $100,000 to the East Chicago Housing Authority to help families immediately relocate from the West Calumet Housing Complex.

The State Department of Health says it will provide $100,000 to the city's health department to help fund a public health nurse and educator to assist with lead testing and local education efforts.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has told tenants they have until Nov. 30 to relocate. The city of East Chicago is planning to demolish the low-income complex.

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