A grant has made funds available to Austin residents who may be exposed to toxic lead paint for safe removal. The program has income limits and a child requirement, but for those who qualify the labor and materials are free. Because lead paint was banned for use in residences in 1978, only homes built before that date will qualify for the program.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the $2.5 million grant to the City of Austin to assist approximately 180 residences. The dangers of lead paint have been well documented and include developmental issues, illness, and death, especially for infants and young children. The goal of the program is to make homes safe for occupancy for a segment of the population who would otherwise not be able to take on such an expensive project.
According to a story in the Austin American-Statesman, there are specific eligibility requirements for the program. The story states that, “to be eligible, Austin residents must have incomes that don’t exceed 80 percent of the city’s median family income, or $59,050 for a family of four. They also must have a child under the age of 6 living in the home or visiting at least six hours a week.”
For the complete story in the Austin American-Statesman, please click here.