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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Residential Building Owners

Lead-Based Paint Hazard-Reduction: Future Plans
In November 2007, HPD was awarded two federal HUD grants to assist with the reduction of lead-based paint in privately-owned housing in target neighborhoods that showed the highest incidences of childhood lead poisoning in New York City.  HUD awarded HPD and its co-grantee, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant in the amount of $4 million, and the Lead Hazard Control Grant in the amount of $3 million.  The funding is in support of the Primary Prevention Program.  HPD and DOHMH partnered with two community-based organizations, Brooklyn Housing and Family Services and HANAC, who assisted with community outreach, contractor training and the enrollment of buildings for consideration under the two federal grants.  The grants are committed to treating 572 units.  HPD recently requested and received a non-cost extension of the grants’ contracts.  The new contract terms for both grants are November 2007 to April 2011.  With the six-month extension, HPD plans to treat and clear an additional 220 units.

The target neighborhoods under the two existing grants are:

  • Central and West Bronx
  • Central and East Brooklyn
  • West Queens

There are certain criteria for eligibility under the federal grants.  Among these are:

  • Buildings must be in good condition unless a rehab loan is warranted in support of the lead grant work;
  • Buildings must show a 15% positive reading for lead in each unit;
  • Buildings need to have units with children less than six years of age either in full-time residence or visiting 6 hours a week on a regular basis;
  • Owners must meet certain income limits for tenancy who must be households with incomes that are considered being at low and very-low income households as established by Federal standards;
  • Owners must commit to keeping the income limits and give preference to renting to families with children less than six years of age for a period of time after the work is completed.

HPD recently submitted an application to HUD for funding under the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant 2010.  The City requested $4.5 million.  If awarded by HUD, the City will commit to treating 300 units in the most-at risk neighborhoods of Corona and Ridgewood-Glendale in Queens; East New York, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington-Windsor Terrace, Bushwick-Bedford Stuyvesant, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn; and Wakefield, Morissania, Highbridge and Tremont areas of the Bronx.



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