Lawrence Lead Abatement Program

City of Lawrence Lead Abatement Program

The City of Lawrence has received a $3.1 million grant from HUD’s 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.

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 AND 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 zero percent 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 AND 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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Postal address: Lawrence Lead Abatement Program
Community Development Department
225 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Contact name: Stephen Vega
Lead Director
Telephone: 978-620-3523
Electronic mail: svega@cityoflawrence.com

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION:

The Lawrence Lead Abatement Program staff is available to meet with community groups, landlords, tenants and others to provide information regarding lead hazard awareness and ways to reduce exposure in the home.  For more information please contact Lead Program Director Steve Vega at 978-620-3523.

CONTRACTOR RECRUITMENT:

The Lawrence Lead Abatement Program and the Housing Rehabilitation Program encourage local contractors to join our list of pre-qualified contractors.  We are actively seeking local contractors to assist us in provide safe and healthy housing in Lawrence.  By submitting an application to the Lead Program, Licensed Deleading Contractors and Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certified Housing Rehabilitation Contractors can become pre-approved to bid on all projects we oversee.   Qualified contractors are invited to bid on all Lead and Rehab projects.  Interested contractors should contact Mark Vosburg at 978-620-3519 (email: mvosburg@cityoflawrence.com) to request an application to be added to the Pre-Qualified Bidders list.

LEAD WORKER TRAINING:

Training opportunities will soon be available through the Lawrence Lead Abatement Program.  We are currently developing the bid specifications and a selection process to hire a Licensed Environmental Training Facility to provide this specialized training. The Lead Worker Training Program will offer an opportunity for 120 Lawrence residents to receive classroom training, hands on experience, medical screening and licensing to work in the Lead Hazard Abatement field.  In addition, some Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) training may also become available if there is a need for this in the community.  Applicants must live in the City of Lawrence and qualify as a low income resident.  Individuals who successfully complete the training sessions will receive Lead Worker Certification and medical examinations required to obtain a license. The successful graduates will then receive a Massachusetts Lead Worker license, also paid for by the program.  For more information about the worker training program please contact Steve Vega, Lead Program Director,  978-620-3523.

BLOOD LEAD SCREENING FOR CHILDREN

Lead Screening is provided though the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council’s Merrimack Valley Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  Children under the age of six can receive a free screening that involves a small amount of blood taken from your child’s finger and tested for lead. If the test is elevated, another test will be done. Lead poisoning is a condition caused by swallowing or inhaling lead. Even small amounts of lead can be harmful.  Contact Carmen Torres for more information about blood screening and lead poisoning: 978-681-4940.

UPDATES AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Please check our website for important program updates.