The City of Biddeford, in partnership with Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, has received a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement a four-year lead-based paint hazard reduction program.
Program Partnership Goals
Reduce child lead poisoning in Biddeford
Perform lead hazard control work in housing where children under the age of six are at highest risk.
Conduct targeted outreach to occupants of Program’s lead-remediated units & community education on lead poison prevention.
Monitor units made lead safe by the Program to assure continued lead-safe status and availability to low-income families of children under the age of 6.
Build local capacity of certified workers/firms to safely perform lead hazard control work.
Address additional health / safety issues in units made lead safe (e.g., installation of new fire doors or egress windows).
Between January 2023 and December 2026, the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program will:
Conduct FREE lead inspections/risk assessments in 95 rental units in downtown properties.
Make 95 units lead safe for low- to moderate income tenants.
Perform 75 FREE “Healthy Homes” assessments of environmental hazards.
Make 70 of the 95 lead-safe units free from additional health hazards.
Conduct community outreach to at least 4,000 individuals about the threat of childhood lead poisoning in aging rental units.
Train/certify at least 45 individuals and four abatement firms in lead hazard control to increase local capacity and help prevent future childhood lead poisoning.