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Grand Rapids receives grant to remove lead paint from homes

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The City of Grand Rapids on Wednesday announced a nearly $3 million grant to battle lead paint in homes.

City officials say the federal money will ultimately help reduce lead poisoning in children.   Lead paint is still found in some homes built before 1978.

The money will help property owners remove lead paint in their home, as well as fund educate efforts for residents and general contractors when it comes to the dangers of lead.  The city hopes to target 150 homes with the funds.

Grand Rapids officials say it has already made more than 1,300 homes with lead paint safer using similar federal funds.

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