Fort Wayne Working Towards Removing Lead Paint from Rentals

By Scott Sarvay

April 16, 2012 Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The city of Fort Wayne now has cash on hand to help families improve their homes, for their health.

A two and a half million dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to improve rental homes and apartments, by removing their lead paint, typically used before 1978.

And the city is targeting low income renters for a reason

Heather Pressley-Cowen with FW Community Development says, “All of those families are 30% of median income or below, so they're very low income and nearly all of them have children under the age of six in them. So targeting rentals is important because many of our low income families, especially those with children under the age of six, are renters.”

Fort Wayne is one of only 43-cities or states to get funding from HUD for this program.

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