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HUD offers grants to homeowners to help rid their properties of lead

Posted On Tue, April 12, 2011

Because lead wasn't banned from use in paint until the 1970s, many homeowners who live in properties over 40 years old could be at risk for negative health effects. But the government is working to prevent that.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced it's making grants available to families to help rid their homes of lead-based paint.

Through various lead-prevention programs developed by HUD, Jon Gant, director of the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, hopes homeowners will take advantage of these grants by applying through HUD's website.

"These grants are critical for states, counties and cities who are on the front lines of protecting our children from lead hazards and other residential hazards," Gant said. "While we have made remarkable progress toward eliminating lead poisoning in children nationwide, now is the time to focus on reaching the finish line."

With April being Home Inspection Month, many property owners are having their homes inspected and then informing their home insurance companies about any safety enhancements made afterward. A certified home inspector can help determine if lead-based paint was used in a house's development process.

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