Lawrence Lead Abatement Program

The City of Lawrence has received a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to continue its work toward eliminating lead poisoning in children. Under the newly funded grant program the Lead Program staff will provide project management, technical assistance and grants of up to $10,000 per unit to identify and eliminate lead paint hazards in Lawrence homes.

Lawrence Lead Abatement Program

Program Description

The City of Lawrence Lead Abatement Program’s mission is to eliminate lead poisoning in Lawrence children by identifying and removing lead paint hazards from homes. The program offers project management, technical assistance, lead paint inspections and grants of up to $10,000 per unit to eliminate Lead Hazards and childhood lead poisoning while increasing the availability of affordable lead safe housing in the City.

Grants & Loans

Low and moderate-income homeowners and investors/developers* may be eligible for Lead Paint Hazard Control Grants of up to $10,000 per unit for lead abatement to residential properties located in the City of Lawrence. In addition, the program offers 0% interest, deferred payment loans to owner-occupants to subsidize additional deleading costs in excess of the grant award.

*Investor/developers must contribute 25% toward project costs.

Eligibility Guidelines for Grant & Loans

Owner-occupants and investors/developers of single or multi-family residential properties must meet certain criteria to qualify for grants or loans through the Lead Program. Owner occupants must be below 80% of the area median income and have a child under the age of six residing in the unit. Tenants of investor owned property must be below 50% of the area median income for the owner to be eligible to participate. Income guidelines change annually. Please contact the Lawrence Lead Abatement Program for up-to-date information on the current income guidelines.

Eligible applicants will receive a housing quality inspection performed by the Community Development Staff in addition to a Lead Paint Inspection. The Program staff will work with property owners to develop specifications that will assure a lead safe environment as well as compliance with code requirements. The Lead Program Staff will oversee all aspects of the field activities including specification development, contractor bidding, oversight of the construction process and approval of all final payments. The Lead Program staff will assure that all work is completed properly and the owner and occupants receive quality workmanship.

Additional Information

For more information contact:

Stephen Vega, Lead Director
Lawrence Lead Abatement Program
Community Development Department
225 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 978-620-3523
Email Stephen Vega