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Baltimore loses federal lead abatement funding

Federal officials say mismanagement has cost Baltimore funding for its lead paint abatement programs.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials tell The Baltimore Sun that the city was deemed a “high-risk” grantee ineligible for more funds after the city health department didn’t fix up enough homes under the latest $4 million grant.

HUD officials also said they are seeking documentation showing that all the money in the last grant was spent appropriately.

Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Director Ruth Ann Norton calls it a devastating blow to a program once considered a gold standard.

A spokesman for the mayor says the lead abatement program is being transferred to the Department of Housing and Community Development to restore the city’s eligibility for future funding.