Lead poisoning can lead to a lifetime of health issues for children, including developmental delays, learning disabilities, and hearing and speech problems. In order to protect children from lead poisoning, the Erie and Lorain County Health Departments, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are accepting applications for residential lead abatement grants.
Both owner-occupied and rental homes are eligible for funding.
To qualify, the home must be built before 1978 and the combined income of all adult residents must fall below HUD income guidelines listed below.
Homes where children under the age of 6 live or spend a significant amount of time (at least 6 hours per week) are given preference.
2021 HUD Income Guidelines based on household size
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If you think you might qualify, you can apply here!
Steps in the Process
Application Approval: After the initial application is received and reviewed by the intake specialist, qualifying applicants will receive attachments to complete before the application’s final approval.
Lead Inspection/Risk Assessment: A licensed Lead Risk Assessor will perform the risk assessment of the property. This takes an average of 3 – 4 hours in the home. A lead inspection/risk assessment report is completed identifying potential paint, soil, and dust hazards. The report is then sent to the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office for review and approval.
Pre-Construction Walk-through: A licensed Lead Abatement Contractor registered with the program walks through the home to determine the cost of the project.
Contract Signing: The property owner signs a legal contract and submits the match portion to start project work. Funds may be secured from other local sources.
Work Completion: To protect the health of occupants during abatement work, relocation is required until after clearance is achieved.
For more information call our HUD hotline at (419) 626-5623 ext. 5141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule your child to be tested for lead poisoning, contact the Health Center at (419) 626-5623 ext. 5174 or complete the online form here.