EXCERPT: “Federal programs are targeting state and local housing units to eliminate hazardous lead paint. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants to both the State of Minnesota and Hennepin County, totaling $8.9 million. Part of larger national funding initiatives, the money comes from two federal programs: the Lead Based Paint Reduction Program and the Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing. These initiatives identify and target lead and other hazardous materials in low-income homes.” FULL STORY: