The Broome County Health Department is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Hazard Control Grant Program. Our program offers an opportunity to control lead hazards in eligible homes, helping property owners to save money and provide a safe place for families to live. Each rental housing unit enrolled is eligible for a maximum of $12,800 worth of lead hazard remediation work, to be completed by our approved lead abatement contractors. Single family owner-occupied units are eligible for a maximum of $18,100.
Grant funding is available in the form of three-year forgivable loans for Broome County housing units built before 1978. To be eligible, at least one child under the age of 6 or a pregnant woman must be living in or frequently visiting each unit. HUD’s income guidelines must be met, but eligibility is based on the income of residents and tenants, not the income of rental property owners. The property must have no major structural defects, and the owner must be current on all taxes, insurance, and mortgages.
This program does not reimburse for work already completed, nor does it pay property owners to repair their own properties. Instead, a full lead-based paint inspection and risk assessment is conducted, and then qualified lead abatement contractors are selected to do the necessary work in a lead-safe way. Temporary occupant relocation is required. Remediation work may include painting, enclosure, removal, and replacement of windows and other surfaces or components that contain lead hazards.
Please see the grant application for more detailed information about the program. For more information, visit BroomeCountyLead.com or contact the Broome County Health Department at 607.778-2847.