Indiana Communities Awarded Funding for Lead Hazards

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Fort Wayne is one of three Indiana cities to receive HUD funding. (photo courtesy Greater Fort Wayne Inc.) Fort Wayne is one of three Indiana cities to receive HUD funding. (photo courtesy Greater Fort Wayne Inc.)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated millions of dollars to three Indiana communities to help protect residents from lead hazards in their homes. The funding will allow city officials to address hazards in hundreds of homes with priority for low income families with children. 

The money comes from HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control and Lead-Based Paint and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant programs, with over $139 million provided to 48 state and local governments. The grant will be used to find and address lead paint and also includes funding for other safety hazards, like mold and radon.

Indiana communities receiving funding:

  • South Bend- $2.3 million
  • Michigan City- $2.3 million
  • Fort Wayne- $3.1 million

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says the funding was urgently needed. “I am thankful for the excellent teamwork that made it possible for the City and our partners to secure this funding. We plan to quickly implement this funding towards keeping our children healthy and our neighborhoods lead-safe."

Buttigieg says the funding will allow the city to address lead hazards in 100 homes. For the entire list of communities receiving grants, click here

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