Madison County officials are reminding homeowners that grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct lead hazard activities is still available.  The Community Development department will administer and implement a comprehensive lead hazard control program around the county.

 

The program aims to address lead poisoning, the top environmental health problem facing children.  Madison County Community Development program coordinator Peggy Dugger says with the proper attention, most homes with lead paint can be made lead safe.  That is not the same as lead-free.

               

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Lead poisoning can result in learning disabilities, decreased IQ and behavioral problems in children, especially those in the key developmental stage of infants to six-year-olds.   The Madison County Lead Hazard Control Program is designed to provide services to low-income families who occupy homes with lead paint issues.    For more information, call 692-8940.

               

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