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SUBSTANDARD HOUSING conditions have been linked to higher rates of infectious disease, chronic illnesses and injuries, but millions of low-income Americans have little choice about where they live. Remedying housing deficiencies – such as water leaks, dirty carpets, pest infestations, lead residue, poor ventilation and broken staircases and windows – can significantly improve health, help people out of poverty and drive savings by reducing medical costs and stabilizing families, says Ruth Ann Norton, CEO and president of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.

Numerous Children Have Been Poisoned by Lead in Homes Approved by D.C. Housing Inspectors

The Washington Post

Chanelle Mattocks remembers everything about that night in 2014, when lead poisoned her son. She was giving Alonzo, then 3, a bath in a tub that her landlord had just painted to pass a housing inspection. She turned to find a washcloth, and when she swiveled back, she found the boy with bits of peeling paint in his mouth. She tried get it out, but it was too late.

Rental Rights | New Law Aims to Give Baltimore Renters More Rights

Fox45 News

There’s a new law that intends to give renters in Baltimore City more rights. The new rules are in place to improve living conditions.
The new rules are for small rental properties and landlords who rent to people like Patrice Marshall.
“I’m dealing with mold, water, bugs, the rats,“ said Marshall.

Data Shows No Signs of Longstanding Lead Issues in Bordentown

The Times

Drinking water and blood data reviewed by this news organization show no signs of a longstanding lead issue in the Bordentown area, after the local water system exceeded the EPA’s limits for the toxic metal last year. However, a lack of state blood testing data for Bordentown City makes it difficult to gauge the level of recent exposure in children.

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