The City of Lowell has federal funding to help home owners to remove lead paint. The Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership promotes this program and works with home owners to apply for funding.
Why is Lead Paint Dangerous? Lead is a poison and is especially harmful to children under age 6. It can harm a child's brain, kidney and nervous system. It can permanently damage hearing and speech, and cause behavioral and developmental problems.
Why be concerned? Lead was widely added to paint in buildings built before 1978. It was banned in 1978. Over time, paint deteriorates and releases dangerous lead dust.
How can Lowell's Lead Abatement Program help? The program offers qualifying owners 0% interest loans.
How do owners qualify for a loan? Investor-owned and owner-occupied properties in the City of Lowell are eligible.
What are the terms of the loan? Owners of single family homes can receive up to $15,000. Owners of multi-unit houses can receive up to $12,000 per unit. Rental units must be occupied by income eligible families for 3 years after de-leading. For properties with four or less units, the loans are repaid upon sale, transfer, or refinancing. For properties with more than four units, terms will vary.
How do I get started? Contact the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership at (978) 459-8490.