- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The federal government has awarded a $3.4 million grant to Phoenix to protect children and families from lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced Tuesday.

It will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards.

Some of the grant money also will support research on increasing the effectiveness of hazard reduction methods.

It also directs funds to public and private universities and research organizations to improve methods to detect lead paint in the home and assess the effectiveness of lead laws.

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