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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Burlington more than $3.6 million to help protect low-income children and families from the hazards presented by lead-based paint.

Using these federal dollars, Burlington’s Lead Program will be able to address lead hazards in 110 homes where low and very low income families with children live. The program will also use the money to leverage other resources, such as education and workforce development, to protect Burlington and Winooski families from lead poisoning.

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A windowsill in a Old North End apartment that has been stripped of hazardous lead paint as part of Burlington’s Lead Program, seen here on June 29 2017 (Photo: JESS ALOE/FREE PRESS)

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, noted in a statement that Burlington is “full of historic homes with character,” but that some of those homes may present a lead hazard.

“Lead dust is invisible and