Lead Abatement Grants and Loans
July 10, 2017: MRA Receives $1.2M Federal Grant for Lead Abatement
The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is committed to reducing childhood lead poisoning and has resources available to abate lead-based paint hazards in qualifying homes. The funding sources for the program are provided through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) which are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and, at the local level, through the MRA.
Eligible properties may be owner occupied or investor owned single or multi-unit buildings located in the City of Malden. Property taxes and assessments must be paid current and owners must be in good financial standing. The program is based on household income at the time the rehabilitation commences. Household income must be at or below 80% of the area median in order to qualify. In the case of rental property, the tenant's income shall determine eligibility, with a minimum of 51% of tenants being of low-to-moderate income to qualify. The program provides lead hazard grant money and low interest loans based on need and availability of funds.
During the lead abatement process, owners/tenants must be out of the unit(s) to protect them from lead dust. The grant program allows the MRA to assist with relocation for families up to ten days. The average time owners/tenants will be out of their unit(s) varies between seven to ten days and they will be notified when it is safe for them to return to the unit(s).
To qualify for assistance, all property owners must agree to address all code violations under the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code and any outstanding zoning issues. Financial assistance provided through the program will be in the form of a secured loan with a recorded mortgage.
Homeowners who have children under the age of six are encouraged to apply. Lead-based paint is the most common source of high dose lead poisoning. Lead paint was prevalent in homes built prior to 1978.
Lead paint is serious business. Lead inspectors and lead risk assessments are necessary first steps to manage lead paint and lead hazards. The individuals and firms with whom the MRA contracts with to perform lead abatement in pre-1978 housing are certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To schedule a free lead inspection, for further information about the program or to apply for a grant or loan, contact the MRA Healthy Homes/Rehab Office at 781-397-1940.
Get your Home Tested. Before buying an older home (especially one built prior to 1978), ask for a lead inspection.
Get your Child Tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead exposure.
Get the Facts. Call the MRA or visit our Healthy Homes/Rehab Office at 176 Pearl Street to speak with a Rehabilitation Specialist who can provide additional helpful information about lead poisoning prevention and determine if you qualify for no-cost grant funds to help make your home lead-safe!
HUD Income Limits 80% MFI (effective April 14, 2017):
1 person household: $54,750.00 2 person household: $62,550.00
3 person household: $70,350.00 4 person household: $78,150.00
5 person household: $84,450.00 6 person household: $90,700.00
7 person household: $96,950.00 8 person household: $103,200.00