GOSHEN — With the help of a $2.48 million award, Elkhart County will be able to rid 140 homes of lead-based paint and other health hazards.
The county is one of 43 recipients across the country to get the grant. John Hall, director for Indiana’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, was on hand today, May 7, at the Elkhart County Commissioners meeting to present a check for the county’s Lead Hazard Control Program.
This is the second grant the county has received in the past three years to combat problems with lead paint. The county was awarded $3 million in 2009 to remediate 197 homes.
About 40 percent of homes in Elkhart County that were built before 1978 could have lead paint hazards, Lead Paint Control Program and construction manager Armand Martin estimated. Dust from lead paint can lead to health problems for young children with high levels of exposure causing learning disabilities, brain damage and even death, according to the Elkhart County Health Department.