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Baltimore to get $4 million grant to address lead paint in homes

Baltimore City won a federal grant worth nearly $4 million to abate lead paint from 230 homes and remove other environmental health hazards from 115 homes.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced by HUD Secretary Julian Castro at an event at Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, and several dignitaries from the city and state came for the announcement.

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In all, the HUD grants will pay for work on nearly 3,200 low-income houses around the country with lead and other health and safety hazards.

Lead paint, outlawed for sale in Baltimore in 1950 and elsewhere in 1978, has remained a long-term scourge in the city, causing behavior and learning problems in children who are more susceptible to harm even in small amounts.

Abatement efforts have reduced the number of poisoning cases by more than 90 percent since the mid-90s, officials have said.

However, four years ago the city lost HUD funding for mismanaging the money. HUD said the city failed to fix up enough homes. A year later, the city received $2.9 million to clean up 200 more homes.

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