The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $165 million to 44 state and local government agencies in 23 states to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.
Out of this award, over 12 million is coming to the Massachusetts communities of Brockton, Lawrence, and New Bedford. Through previous HUD awards, funding for lead abatement is also available in these cities: Boston, Lynn, Malden, Quincy, Somerville, Springfield, Worcester.
The money is used to clean up dangerous lead-based paint hazards in low-income families’ homes. This includes both rental and owner-occupied properties. Financial assistance is generally given out to property owner’s as grants or forgivable loans. For more information about each communities’ program, click on the individual city listed above.
If you do not qualify for HUD funding or it is unavailable in your community, MassHousing offers statewide zero or low-interest loan program for lead abatement called Get the Lead Out.