August 25, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Baltimore wins grant to remove health hazards from homes

Jacquirelyn Aquino is a high-performing member of the St. James & St. John School track team and has perfect attendance in her classes — a remarkable turnaround for the 12-year-old girl with asthma. She used to get winded climbing a tree, and her mother, Bernice Aquino, often spent days taking her to the doctor and nights watching over her to ensure she was breathing. Aquino credits removal of triggers including mold, dust mites and mice, as well as lead paint, from her Bel Air-Edison home by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which has worked with Baltimore officials for years to abate the many dangers, often hidden, in the city's low-income rental housing stock.

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