Portland gets fed funding to remove lead paint

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PORTLAND — Lead paint hazards will be removed from 80 city homes with the help of two federal grants totaling $1.8 million.

Julie Sullivan, special adviser to City Manager Jon Jennings, announced the procurement of $1.56 million from Lead Based Paint Hazard Control and $246,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding.

Mayor Ethan Strimling praised U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, an independent, for working to get the funding.

“We are grateful to Sens. Collins and King for their leadership in addressing the pervasive issue of lead poisoning, and thrilled that the City will have greater resources to address and prevent this problem,” Strimling said.

Continued exposure to lead can lead to damage to the kidneys and nervous system, and adversely affect mental and physical development in children and adults, Sullivan said in a July 20 press release. Lead-based paints were banned from the marketplace in 1978.