Lead-contaminated dust from lead-based paint is the primary cause of lead exposure in homes. Lead causes a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, developmental delays, learning disabilities, impaired hearing, and more. The effects from lead are PERMANENT but PREVENTABLE.
The Cerro Gordo County Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant provides funding for eligible homeowners and property owners to remove lead based paint hazards in older homes. Homes built before 1978 are high-risk for lead-based paint hazards. The greatest risk is to homes built prior to 1960. Cerro Gordo County has a large stock of homes built prior to 1960.
The Cerro Gordo County Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) funds have been made available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make old homes lead-safe to prevent childhood lead exposure and poisoning.
Funds are available for Cerro Gordo County homes that meet the following eligibility requirements:
|Family Size||1 person||2 people||3 people||4 people||5 people||6 people||7 people||8 people|
|<50% (Very Low Income)||$24,300||$27,800||$31,250||$34,700||$37,500||$40,300||$43,050||$45,850|
|<80% (Low Income)||$38,850||$44,400||$49,950||$55,500||$59,950||$64,400||$68,850||$73,300|
**Priority will be given to the units where a child with an elevated blood lead level resides.
–Half of rental units need to be 50% or lower, the other half can be 80% or lower.
–All owner occupied must be 80% or lower.
–Multi-family units: only 20% of units in same building can exceed 80%.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: I am a landlord, can I participate?
Answer: Yes, landlords/rental units are eligible to participate. The tenants have to meet the eligibility requirements listed above and the landlord must provide a 10% match.
Question: Will I have to move out of my home during the construction?
Answer: It depends on the location of lead hazards in your home. Generally, relocation is required. If and when relocation is required, those involved in the project(s) will be relocated to an area hotel or be provided a stipend to stay with family/friends.
Question: Will I have to pay for any of the improvements made to my home?
Answer: Landlords have to provide a 10% match to the project costs. There is no match required for homeowners. A three year forgivable mortgage is placed on your property after completion. A third is forgiven each year. If you maintain ownership for three years, the balance if forgiven. If you do not maintain ownership for the three years, the project amount is to be paid back in full to Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.
Question: I have a child 5 years of age or under, but they stay with their mother the majority of the time. Can I participate?
Answer: You may participate if your child visits your home a significant amount of time, which is 6 hours per week (3 hours per day on two separate days) defined by HUD. You must have their mother fill out a Parent Verification Form before sending in the application. Birth certificates must be provided for all children 5 years of age and under.