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Many Lead Prevention Resources Available To Residents

Fort Wayne-Allen County Dept. of Health’s Healthy Homes Program
The Department of Health works with family members, medical care providers and other community agencies to prevent childhood lead poisoning through education, screening, case management and the enforcement of healthy housing practices in Allen County. Our comprehensive lead case management program includes identifying and assisting lead-poisoned children and eliminating sources of lead in the home environment.

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City of Fort Wayne’s Rental Fitness Program
The City of Fort Wayne’s Rental Fitness program is designed to increase the number of safe and decent rental units that are free of lead-based paint hazards. The Rental Fitness program provides an excellent opportunity for rental property owners to enhance their properties and take advantage of forgivable loans. Rental property owners may take advantage of forgivable loans up to $19,999 for lead-based paint remediation on rental properties. Tenants of the properties must meet income guidelines in order for the property to qualify. The program is funded by a grant from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Information about the Rental Fitness program may be found at: or by calling 311.

To date, the City’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services has addressed or is addressing lead paint hazards in more than 150 homes owned by rental property owners.

City of Fort Wayne Water Filtration Plant
City Utilities tests drinking water for safety and quality throughout the water treatment process. Continuous monitoring of the water that comes from the St. Joseph River helps operators at the plant adjust the treatment process to the most effective level based on incoming water conditions. Chemists at the plant test the water that goes out to customers for more than 120 substances. City Utilities also collects water samples from homes and businesses around the community to make sure the water arriving at the customers’ taps remains safe. Each year City Utilities publishes an annual water quality report showing the levels of substances commonly found in drinking water supplies.