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City gets $2.5 million lead-paint grant

Fort Wayne will use nearly $2.5 million in federal grant money to reduce lead paint in rental homes in the city.

Mayor Tom Henry on Monday announced the grant along with federal and local housing officials. The city was one of 43 communities to receive a portion of the $110.8 million in Housing and Urban Development grants awarded this month.

The money will be used over three years to provide low-interest loans to landlords to eliminate lead paint hazards in their homes. The city has about 61,000 housing units constructed before 1978, which are the homes most at risk for lead paint.

Paint dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can cause problems in children such as reduced intelligence, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height and impaired hearing.

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