Grant to treat lead hazards

by WOHe

Omaha, NE — January 14, 2011 — The health risk that lead paint poses to Omaha children will be substantially reduced in about 132 more homes and apartments, thanks to a $2.1 million grant announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money coming to Omaha is part of $127 million in grants nationwide that will remedy lead paint and other health hazards in homes.

Many thousands of homes in Omaha have deteriorating lead paint that could harm the health of children.

In Omaha, the funding is especially important because it complements the $400 million that the Environmental Protection Agency is spending to clean up lead-contaminated yards.

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