- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The City of Jackson is getting $1.2 million in funding to help remediate lead-based paint in 86 eligible low-income housing units in the county.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced the award through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program. The city’s also getting $150,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding.

The City of Jackson is a first-time recipient of the funding and was the only municipality in the state to receive it. Mayor Tony T. Yarber says the grants support the city’s efforts to ensure it has a healthy community.

The mayor’s office says the funding will help reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 2,800 low-income homes.

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