FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth is getting $3 million to help test for dangerous lead-based paint in low-income housing.
The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development.
HUD says even though lead-based paint was banned in residences in 1978, there are still about 24 million U.S. homes which have the paint.
Internal exposure to lead can cause several health problems in children, including low IQ, learning disabilities, reduced height, and hearing damage.
In extreme cases, lead exposure can kill.
Lead-based paint is the leading cause of lead exposure in small children, according to HUD.
Fort Worth will use the money to clean up lead in 200 low-income housing units.
HUD granted a total of $110 million to 43 such projects across the country, but Fort Worth’s is the only one in Texas.