FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Fort Wayne is getting funding to protect families from lead paint hazards.
The city’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services received a $3,179,000 grant to remediate lead paint in older homes.
The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a part of a total $139 million granted to state and local governments.
The grant will go to remediate approximately 140 Fort Wayne homes in areas with older homes and high-levels of children living in poverty.
“Exposure to even small amounts of lead can cause significant and long-lasting health issues for young children,” said Kelly Lundberg, director of the City’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. “That’s why we’ll use these grant dollars to not only remediate lead paint but also educate residents about lead paint hazards and offer opportunities for free lead testing.”
Lead paint can be remediated in several ways, such as replacing or repainting windows with peeling paint. Walls can also be repainted, and carpet and exterior siding can be replaced.
For more information about the dangers of lead poisoning, visit the Allen County Health Department’s website at www.allencountyhealth.com.