The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $3.4 million grant to Rhode Island for the removal of lead and other hazards from low-income housing.
The award is part of $46.5 million in funding disbursed by HUD's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro says the grants will help clean up lead paint hazards in low-income homes, eliminating the sources of permanent health and behavioral problems caused by lead poisoning.
The grants were designed to reduce the number of lead-poisoned children in the country and to protect families by removing various health hazards from more than 3,100 low-income homes.
The grant money awarded to the state will be administered by Rhode Island Housing.