The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development provides funds to assist homeowners and landlords lessen the risk of lead poisoning and preserve the housing stock by reducing or eliminating lead-based paint hazards.
This program funds lead hazard reduction activities in owner-occupied single family homes and rental properties if the units meet the minimum program requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to: the units must be in need of lead hazard reduction activity; structurally sound upon completion of the lead hazard reduction activity; and registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (rental units only). Licensed childcare facilities may also be eligible.
Eligible costs may include any activity required to meet the risk reduction standards identified in Environment Article 6-815 (i.e., door and window treatments and replacement; floor treatments; paint removal, stabilization and repainting; encapsulation; enclosure; and specialized cleaning), any innovative lead hazard reduction method which is approved by the department, and any other lead-related costs required to meet the lead dust clearance standards.
The work plan must fully address all of the lead hazards present in the project. General property improvements or rehabilitation required to bring property up to applicable building codes and standards and the cost associated with repairing minor structural deficiencies are not eligible costs.
The following agencies may be contacted for more information about community education and recent lead paint laws and regulations:
Special Loan Program Local County Contacts. Special Loan Program Partners provide Program and Application information on the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program.
Maryland Department of the Environment, Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Provides information about State accreditation and training laws for contractors, registration of rental properties, acceptable abatement and lead hazard techniques, and accredited lead abatement training facilities - 410-537-4199.
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative - Provides community education and outreach information concerning new State laws and regulations and the tenant and landlord responsibilities - 410-534-6447.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Lead Information Center 800-532-3394 Provides information about lead poisoning and prevention for the general public. In addition, Clearinghouse Information Specialists can be reached at 800-424-LEAD (800-424-5323).
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