Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) announces that Otter Tail County has been awarded a state grant of $396,100 to rehabilitate 20 homes that were constructed before 1978.
These homes were later discovered to have lead-based paint hazards and are inhabited by children under the age of 6. Otter Tail County is one of five Greater Minnesota counties identified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a high-risk area for lead-based paint poisoning in children.
“Unfortunately, these houses have been a health hazard for the children living in them,” Nornes said. “With this grant, we can help provide a safe place for future children to call ‘home.’”
Nornes said the city of Fergus Falls also obtained a state grant of $458,500 for owner-occupied and rental rehabilitation in the Central Riverside neighborhood. This project will help meet the goals of the first phase of the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Master Plan.