Program Overview

The City of Biddeford, in partnership with Community Concepts and Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, has received a $3.2 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement a three-year lead-based paint hazard reduction program. 

Program Partnership Goals

  • Reduce incidence of 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).

Benchmarks

Between January 2020 and December 2022, the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program will:

  • Conduct FREE lead inspections/risk assessments in 175 rental units in downtown properties.
  • Make 135 units lead safe for low- to moderate income tenants.
  • Perform 110 FREE “Healthy Homes” assessments of environmental hazards.
  • Make 60 of the 135 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 in lead hazard control to increase local capacity and help prevent future childhood lead poisoning.