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COLUMN: Life-changing programs offered through Onondaga County

— Deteriorating lead-based paint can be poisonous, especially for children. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can be at risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, as well as behavioral and learning disabilities. Over the last few years, the county has received more than $20 million in federal grants to assist with the costly removal of lead paint, but time is running out for the availability of these funds. If you own or rent a home built before 1978, have a child under the age of six who lives or visits there, and you meet certain financial guidelines, you may be eligible for a Lead Hazard Reduction Grant.

For additional information or to find out if you qualify for any of the programs listed above, please contact the Onondaga County Community Development office at 435-3558.

Brian May represents the first district in the Onondaga County Legislature, which includes the Town of Lysander and the western portion of the Town of Clay.

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