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D.C. officials trying to make homes healthier

Friday - 5/18/2012, 10:02am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials in the nation's capital are evaluating homes with children who have been hospitalized with asthma and others with at-risk children or pregnant women to help eliminate environmental health threats.

City environmental officials are calling it a Healthy Homes program, and it covers 200 homes.

Through the program, experts evaluate homes and use the information they gather to come up with solutions that can include repairs, and in select cases up to $7,000 to fund hazard mitigation.

Officials say referrals for the program come from local health care providers.

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