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FREE Professional Services

  • Lead Inspection
  • Lead Risk Assessment
  • Lead Remediation Design
  • Lead Clearance Certification
  • Essential Maintenance Plan to help owners maintain their lead-safe units

The estimated value of these services is $3,000 per unit.

Forgivable Loan

Applicants can receive a 0%-interest loan of up to $10,000 per unit for lead remediation work. A 10% owner contribution per unit is required. Note: contribution of 25% is required for buildings under a lead abatement order.

The loan will be 100% forgiven after 3 years if the property is available to low- or moderate-income families, not sold or refinanced during the loan period, and remains lead safe and code compliant. A maximum of ten units (or $100,000) can be financed per application. 

Eligible Properties

Eligible properties must be located in Biddeford’s downtown area, be built before 1978, and have lead-based paint in deteriorated condition. Only privately owned multi-unit properties are eligible for this program. 

Occupancy Requirements

The property owner must give rental priority to low- or moderate-income families with children under age 6 for at least three years following lead remediation. Specific occupancy requirements are determined by the number of units in the property.

HUD’s Area Median Income Guidelines - Biddeford is a part of the York County, ME (part) HUD Metro FMR Area 

Multi-unit property with no more than 4 units

At least 50% of building units remediated must be occupied by (or made available to) families with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income AND all remaining units remediated must be occupied by (or made available to) families with incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income.

Multi-unit property with 5 or more units

20% of total remediated units in same building may exceed 80% of Area Median Income. Of the remaining units in the same building, at least 50% must be occupied (or made available to) families with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income. The balance of units remediated must be occupied by (or made available to) families with incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income.

Funding Priority

Funding priority will be in the following order:

  1. Buildings under a Lead Abatement Order.
  2. Buildings occupied by families with:
    • A child with an elevated blood lead level,
    • A child under age 6, OR
    • A pregnant woman.
  3. All OTHER multi-unit buildings.

"Healthy Homes" Grants

Properties remediated under this program may also be eligible for a one-time grant of up to $5,000 per unit to address health & safety issues, such as the replacement of fire doors and egress windows. A complimentary Healthy Homes Risk Assessment will be performed at the same time as the lead inspection to identify health and safety issues across 29 domains, as outlined here.

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