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Baltimore Housing Agency Pays $6.8M Lead Judgments

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Housing Authority of Baltimore City has paid more than $6.7 million to satisfy six outstanding lead paint judgments.

The authority announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the payments and they were delivered last week.

Paul Graziano, executive director of the authority, notes that payments of the judgments involve lengthy litigation in federal court and HUD review and approval.

Graziano says the authority, which provides housing for more than 25,000 very low-income households, could not resolve all remaining claims in a global manner while continuing its mission. He says since there is no way to seek supplemental funds to cover the judgments, the agency will not be able to provide housing vouchers for approximately 700 families this year.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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