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Baltimore group wins grant for asthma project

Asthma can be triggered by an array of household conditions.
Asthma can be triggered by an array of household conditions. (Getty Images, Getty Images)

A Baltimore-based organization dedicated to improving children's health by bettering their homes received a $1 million grant Wednesday to launch projects across the country to benefit low-income children suffering from asthma.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will work with the Calvert Foundation on this effort that got the $1 million boost from the Social Innovation Fund, run by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant pays to launch a project that will eventually include work on homes in five regions of the country that have not yet been chosen, but which have a high incidence of children hospitalized for treatment of asthma.

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Asthma can be triggered by an array of household conditions, including mold, poor air circulation, insects and rodents. The work will include repairing roofs and plumbing to stop leaks and get rid of mold, treating for pests, improving air quality and removing old carpets.

Ruth Ann Norton, president of the nonprofit Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, said the grant will be used to run the competitive process to choose the organizations that will take part in the project. The work itself will be paid for by grants to be secured later, she said.

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