Government Allocates $100 Million for Lead Paint Removal

Nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money will go to getting rid of lead paint from low-income homes, Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday. The toxic paint–which can lead to health problems, particularly in children–is often found in homes built prior to 1978.

HUD is making the money available through grants that will help 53 local programs in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

“It is unacceptable that some 40 percent of homes in this country still contain lead-based paints, the majority of which are in low-income areas where homes have not been renovated in decades,” said Biden in a public statement.

Read more about the dangers of lead paint and the 5 Most Dangerous Hazards in a Home in REALTOR® Magazine’s Handouts for Customers (helpful articles that can easily be incorporated into your marketing materials to buyers and sellers).

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Hi,

    Do you know if it’s possible to undertake this kind of work yourself? I have the same kind of issue at home and am looking to clean the paint.

  2. Russell Stuebe

    It’s march 1st 2011,are any granta for lead paint removal still availible??

  3. Patricia Doxtater

    how do I get a grant for lead paint. I removed a carpet in a house from the 1900’s and was going to redo the hard wood floor and it was painted over, I am sure it is lead paint and I know my son in MN got money to have it removed. I do have a kid in the house\