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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
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Housing Finance Programs
Rehabilitation: Lead-Based Paint Treatment: Primary Prevention Program (PPP)

The Primary Prevention Program, a joint initiative between the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), uses funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to offer grants to building owners for lead treatment.  This initiative addresses a serious environmental threat to young children that results from deteriorated lead-based paint in apartments.  The Program, part of a broad City strategy to lower the hazards from lead-based paint, provides grants to owners of single and multi-unit apartment houses built prior to 1960, the year New York City banned the use of lead-based paint in residential properties.  In addition to federal funding, the Program is also supported by city capital funds to address lead-based paint hazards citywide.

The Program gives owners the means to make their buildings lead-safe through a mixture of abatement and low-level interim treatment work.  The treatment concentrates on friction surfaces – door jams, window sills and wells, cabinets – because friction creates lead dust.  The common areas from lobby to bulkhead and external fire escapes are also treated.  The grants are dispensed as forgivable loans, valued at between $10,000 and $11,000 per apartment, the average cost of the lead treatment work.  Some units may receive up to $10,000 in conjunction with other moderate rehabilitation work.  Owners, in turn, hire contractors who are licensed firms with licensed workers with EPA certification.  HPD inspects the work.  The loan amount is secured by a mortgage on the property which evaporates after three years, provided the owner is in full compliance with the terms of the grant.

Eligible buildings involved in the Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Buildings must be built prior to 1960 and may include one and two-family as well as multi-family sites;
  • The buildings must have lead-based paint as determined by lead risk assessments performed by the Program inspectors;
  • Buildings must be occupied by family households who are considered at low and very low income levels (and owners must continue to rent to families at those income levels for three years for the lien to be forgiven);
  • Due to the preventative nature of the grant Program, buildings with many families with children under six years of age, including pregnant mothers and families who provide day care to children under six years of age for at least six hours a week on a regular basis, are ideal for participation in the grant Program;
  • Under federal funding, the target areas are Central and West Bronx, Central and East Brooklyn, and West Queens.  City funding will support eligible buildings Citywide.  All owners must be current on all City taxes at the time of identification.

Building owners who would like more information about the Primary Prevention Program may call:  Thomas O’Hagan, Program Director, at (212) 863-6389.

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