Settlement aids residents in move from lead-tainted housing

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago-based group’s settlement with public housing officials is giving residents at a lead-tainted housing complex in northern Indiana a break on rent and more time to find new housing.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (http://bit.ly/2fccem6 ) the settlement approved Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gives the more than 1,000 affected residents at the West Calumet Housing Complex until March 31, 2017, to find new housing.

The East Chicago Housing Authority has also agreed to waive rent owed between July 22 and March 31, 2017.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law filed its housing discrimination complaint after East Chicago’s mayor told the residents they should move because of lead and arsenic contamination.

That complex was built on the footprint of a former lead smelter.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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