MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The City of Minneapolis will be ridding 280 low-income homes of lead-based paint and other hazards thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The city says the funds will be focused on homes with children under 6 who already have been lead poisoned.

When exposed to small children, lead can cause decreased IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders such as aggression, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity. Lead can also cause miscarriages.

Besides lead-based paint removal, $400,000 will go toward evaluating health and safety standards – and repairing hazards.

The grant is subject to approval by the Minneapolis City Council on Oct. 17.

Minneapolis is one of 39 local and state government agencies and research institutions awarded more than $112 million in HUD grants.

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