MaineHousing’s Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program provides 0% deferred, forgivable loans (interest free with no monthly payments) to landlords, and grants to single-family households, in an effort to make lower-income homes in Maine lead safe.
The program provides up to $16,000 to eligible owner occupied single-family homeowners, and up to $10,000 per unit with a 10 unit maximum per landlord for lead safety improvements. For landlords, the entire amount of the deferred forgivable loan is forgiven after 5 years, provided the property isn’t refinanced or sold during that time and rental units are reserved for low-income tenants. Making homes lead safe may involve paint removal or stabilization, and window and door replacement.
Am I Eligible
If you own a single-family home that was built before 1978, your income is at or below 80% of the area median income, and you have a child under age six living at home, you may be eligible. Priority is given to families whose children under age six test positive for elevated lead levels in their blood.
If you own an affordable multi-family rental property that was developed before 1978, you may be eligible if half of the rental units are rented to tenants earning less than 80% of the area median income and if half to tenants earning less than 50% of the area median income. The rental units must be kept affordable for five years.
To apply for MaineHousing’s Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program please refer to our agency contact list.
For more information, see the related documents or contact:
Kin Dydasco, Lead and Housing Rehab Specialist
Megan McDonough, Housing Program Officer