Lead hazard grant to focus on Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah will be the focus of a grant recently awarded to the state of Georgia to reduce lead-based paint hazards in homes owned by low-income families.

The lead hazard control program, which expected to begin operating this summer, is funded by a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Healthy Homes Initiative to the Georgia Department of Community Health, according to the city of Savannah.

The initiative aims to protect children and their families from housing-related health and safety hazards.

The grant program will work to help reduce lead hazard risks in up to 120 Savannah dwellings and educate the public about the dangers of lead exposure.

Savannah was chosen as the target area of this program because of the potentially higher lead hazard risks associated with its older housing, according to the city.

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