SOUTH BEND — The city has been awarded $670,000 in grant money for homeowners and landlords to repair hazards in old homes with lead-based paint.
South Bend, which announced the news Tuesday, was among six cities to be awarded grants from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program.
The authority received federal money to launch the program here and in East Chicago, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary and Indianapolis.
The program is among several local efforts underway to combat the stubborn problem with lead-poisoned kids.
Funding is being pieced together from various sources. The St. Joseph County Council, for example, recently launched a $200,000 “lead crisis fund” for the county health department, with a plan to commit another $200,000 as part of the 2019 budget.
Officials began focusing more on the problem in late 2016, after the release of state data showed neighborhoods on the near northwest side had some of the highest lead poisoning rates in the state.