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Money Needed To Deal With Lead In Elmira

Almost all of the homes in Elmira were built before lead paint was banned, but the city is not eligible to apply for big state grants to remove it. Larger upstate cities, including Rochester and Binghamton, do qualify. And even though they are allowed to apply for federal grants, many rural and poor areas don’t have enough resources to do that, because they’d have to front 10 to 25 percent of the cost. Qualifying for grants Those grants are aimed at bigger cities, because they simply have more people affected by lead, according to Stanley Schaffer, who directs the lead resource center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “It often seems that some of the smaller communities are neglected in terms of not having the same opportunities to deal with the lead problem,” said Schaffer.