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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Some older homes in Fort Wayne still have lead paint. The city will use grant money to start fixing that problem.

The city’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services has been given a $680,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Mayor Tom Henry says the county health department will soon begin testing children for lead. 

Families with children who have high lead levels will be the first to have lead paint removed from their homes. 

If money is still available, the program could be opened to the public.

WOWO says there are nearly 70,000 home in Fort Wayne that were built before 1978 and could still have lead paint.

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