The City of Biddeford has received a total of $3,246,744 in federal grant funding to establish a program that will help remove lead paint from Biddeford homes. The grants were distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes. The City will use the grant to establish a program titled Safe Homes for Healthy Families (SHHF). The goal of the SHHF program is to make 135 low- to moderate-income housing units lead safe and to conduct 130 free healthy home interventions in the city’s downtown census tracts. In addition, SHHF will conduct outreach and education activities for downtown residents and will provide free Lead Worker training and certification to area residents. Biddeford is one of only four entities in Maine and the only first-time applicant in the state to receive funding.
Senator Susan Collins visited Biddeford City Hall on Friday, October 18 to announce the funding and was joined by Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant, as well as HUD Regional Administrator David Tille, Lewiston Mayor Kristen Cloutier, Maine State Housing Authority Director Daniel Brennan, and University of New England President James D. Herbert. As the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins played a key role in securing this funding for our community.
Click here to watch a video of the announcement.