Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program Fact Sheet
What is Special Loan Programs' (SLP's) Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program?
Special Loan Programs of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
provides funds to assist homeowners and landlords lessen the risk of lead poisoning
and preserve the housing stock by reducing or eliminating lead-based paint hazards.
The program is funded with State funds.
Who is eligible for SLP’s Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program?
Those eligible for SLP’s Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program must:
- be a Maryland resident, if an owner-occupant; and
- own and occupy the dwelling to be repaired as a principal residence, residential
rental properties are also eligible.
Income limits for the program
There are no income limits for this program. The financial assistance provided (grant
or loan) will be based on the applicant’s ability to repay. Grants are available
in certain target areas.
Types of properties eligible for SLP’s lead hazard reduction grant and loan program
This program will fund lead hazard reduction activities in owner-occupied single
family homes and rental properties if the units meet the minimum program requirements.
These requirements include, but are not limited to: the units must be in need of
lead hazard reduction activity; structurally sound upon completion of the lead hazard
reduction activity; and registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment
(MDE) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (rental units only). Licensed childcare
facilities may also be eligible.
Types of improvements permitted
Eligible costs may include any activity required to meet the risk reduction standards
identified in Environment Article 6-815 (i.e., door and window treatments and replacement;
floor treatments; paint removal, stabilization and repainting; encapsulation; enclosure;
and specialized cleaning), any innovative lead hazard reduction method which is
approved by DHCD, and any other lead-related costs required to meet the lead dust
clearance standards. The work plan must fully address all of the lead hazards present
in the project. General property improvements or rehabilitation required to bring
property up to applicable building codes and standards and the cost associated with
repairing minor structural deficiencies are not eligible costs.
The following agencies may be contacted for more information about community education
and recent lead paint laws and regulations:
Special Loan Program (SLP) Local County Contacts.
SLP Partners provide Program and Application information on the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant and Loan Program (LHRGLP).
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
410-537-4199 Provides information about State accreditation and training laws for
contractors, registration of rental properties, acceptable abatement and lead hazard
techniques, and accredited lead abatement training facilities.
End Childhood Lead Poisoning 410-534-6447 Provides community education and
outreach information concerning new State laws and regulations and the tenant and
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Lead Information Center
800-532-3394 Provides information about lead poisoning and prevention for the general
public. In addition, Clearinghouse Information Specialists can be reached at 800-424-LEAD
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Special Loan Programs
For More Information Contact:
- Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
- Single Family Housing
- 100 Community Place
- Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023
- TTY 711 or 1-800-735-2258