- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence is slated to get $3.9 million in federal funding to protect city residents from the hazards of lead-based paint in their homes.

The state’s congressional delegation said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding to Providence’s Department of Planning and Development for its Lead Safe Providence Program.

The program coordinates city services to mitigate lead hazards in Providence’s low-income communities. The city will address lead hazards in 250 housing units.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said more than 1,000 Rhode Island children younger than 6 years old, including more than 400 in Providence, were diagnosed with lead poisoning in 2013.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says too many children and families in Rhode Island remain at risk.

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