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Grant to fund Pittsburgh nonprofit that tests for lead-based paint in homes

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 7:15 p.m.

Starting this fall, Pittsburgh-area home-owners will be able to receive low-cost, in-home testing for lead-based paint.

The Heinz Endowments last week provided a grant to fund diagnostic equipment and training for staff members at CCI, a South Side-based nonprofit that “advances healthy, whole home performance and energy conservation,” officials said. The organization will be the first of its kind to offer such testing in the Pittsburgh area.

At least 89 percent of homes in Allegheny County were built before 1978, when lead, a metal that can cause health problems in infants and small children, was still legally used in paint, officials said.

“This grant provides an opportunity for primary prevention that will protect our children and toddlers from harmful lead exposures,” said Philip Johnson, director of the Endowments' Environment and Health Program, in prepared remarks. “Having access to a lead-testing service will help families and caretakers begin to manage their environment by taking steps to identify the presence of lead in their children's home environment.”

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7822 or mczebiniak@tribweb.com.

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