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Mary Pat Clarke

Council told of shortage of resources to prevent lead poisoning

Thousands of rental homes in Baltimore are believed to contain dangerous lead paint, but the city has money to repair only 230 of them over the next three years, a top housing official testified Thursday.

At a City Hall hearing called in response to a Baltimore Sun investigation, government officials and others also agreed that the city and state lack the money and manpower to enforce the system Maryland has set up to protect children from the dangers of deteriorating lead-based paint.

"We just don't have the full resources," Horacio A. Tablada, deputy state environment secretary, told members of the Baltimore City Council.

City Councilwoman Mary Pat...