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Woodbine residents warned about lead paint in homes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The bustling Woodbine community of south Nashville is changing, and with the change comes health risks.

Woodbine is an area where homes often contain lead paint.

Most of the homes were built before 1978, when lead paint was banned.

Woodbine Homeowner's Association President David Morales is concerned as more families with children move into the area more kids are at risk for exposure to lead.

"Before, we had an aging population.  For them it's not so much of a problem.  When you have lead paint in a home for 40 or 50 years, it starts peeling.  Then it becomes dangerous, especially for kids," said Morales.

Exposure to lead pain is particularly harmful to children under the age of six.

Lead poisoning can effect a child's neurological development and ability to learn.

The Woodbine Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting Monday night for residents to learn more about removing lead from their homes.

The meeting will be held at Woodbine Baptist Church at 6 p.m. 

All Woodbine residents are encouraged to attend.

Residents can apply for a free program to remove lead from their homes.

The non-profit Rebuilding Nashville Together has partnered with the state of Tennessee to offer free testing and lead removal to home owners who qualify.

Applications will be offered at the meeting. 

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