- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The federal government will give Portland more than $1.8 million to address the dangers caused by lead paint in the city.

City officials say they will use the money to address lead hazards in 80 units of housing. The work will benefit low and very low-income families with children.

Officials say the abatement work is important because Portland’s housing stock is old and children who live in older housing are at risk of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning presents numerous health problems, including risk to brain development.

The money is mostly from the Lead Paint Hazard Control grant program, with some coming in the form of Healthy Homes Supplemental funds.

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