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Milwaukee gets $3.9M grant for lead paint removal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee has received a $3.9 million federal grant to remove lead-based paint hazards from about 700 homes in the next three years.

City officials announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Health Department will use the grant for its childhood lead poising prevention program.

Milwaukee’s disease control and environmental health director tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the money will help officials remove contamination from city-owned, tax-foreclosed properties on the city’s north side. He said that’s the area with the highest incidence of lead poising in children.

Officials say children are more likely than adults to ingest lead-contaminated dust.

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