South Bend has $7 million for lead paint abatement but few takers

Lead paint on a window of a South Bend Home. Tribune File Photo

SOUTH BEND — The city of South Bend has won another $3.4 million in federal money to remove lead paint from homes, swelling its pot of money for the cause to nearly $7 million since 2018.

But it’s still been unable to enroll many households in the program, city officials recently told the Common Council.

Of 160 applications the city has sent out, 42 were completed and returned, and of those, only 10 households have been enrolled, Pam Meyer, the city’s neighborhoods director, told the council at a recent meeting.

Some applications were incomplete, Meyer said, while others didn’t meet the criteria of having children 6 or younger in the home. 

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