Lead Paint & Healthy Homes Program

$1.7 Million Award to Tackle Lead Abatement Projects


Sullivan County NH was awarded a $1.7 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead-paint and healthy housing issues in units occupied by low-income households.  These monies are being used over the next three years to protect our vulnerable populations, improve housing stock, raise public awareness about the dangers of lead hazards and develop local contractor capacity.

Are you a Property Owner?


If you are a property owner interested in participating in this program, please see A-C (below):

  1. Income Limits:  Occupants must be at or below 80% of Area Median Family income (AMFI) to qualify for the grant and at or below 90% of AMFI for the 0% loan.  (Example, a family of 4 must make less than $68,250 for the grant - application contains more info)
  2. Match:  Property owners are required to pay 10% of the project costs as owner match.  Match funds cannot come from another federal source, but State funds, such as the 0% loan will qualify, so the program can help by providing match funds if needed.
  3. Lead Hazards:  No funds can be expended on any property without State Environmental review and lead inspection / risk assessment that identifies the presence of lead paint, dust, or soil hazards.

To participate please complete the property owner application here:  Property Owner Application PDF

Are you a Contractor?


We are looking for local contractors to perform lead abatement work! A free 50-minute Zoom info session was offered January 26 - Access the Recording or view the Presentation Document (PDF).

To join the contractor list, please access the contractor pre-qualification paperwork (PDF) and submit the paperwork according to the instructions enclosed.  The contractor pre-qualification list is open at all times.  Minority, Woman-owned and Section 3 businesses are encouraged to join.  Please reach out if you need assistance or have any questions.

As a contractor doing business with Sullivan through this government program, you will also need to register with SAM.gov Website Link.

Are you a Tenant in a Rental Property?


If you are a tenant in a rental property and your child has tested with a blood lead level over 3.0 ug/dl please reach out to your landlord and let them know we have funds to help get rid of the lead in your apartment.  If your landlord has already applied for our program and is asking you to fill out the tenant application, please fill out the tenant form located here.  This is an income based program, so you will be asked to provide proof of your income.  If you have any questions about this please reach out to Program Manager, Kate Kirkwood by phone or text at 603-781-4304 or by email at kate@kkirkwood.com.

What is Lead Paint?


Lead is a poisonous metal that may cause health problems, especially in young children.  When lead gets into the body, it can cause damage to the brain, the kidneys, nerves, and blood.  Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death.  Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness, and irritability.  Many children who are lead poisoned show no symptoms.  Lead poisoning is 100% preventable!

Poisonous


Children may be lead poisoned by:

  • Putting their hands and other lead contaminated items in their mouths, such as toys,
  • Crawling around on floors that may have lead-paint dust,
  • Touching lead-paint dust from sanding old paint or renovations of old homes,
  • Playing outside in lead contaminated soil, and
  • Folk remedies

Dangers


Lead can be dangerous when:

  • There is a chipping and peeling paint inside or outside the home,
  • Lead painted surfaces rub against each other, such as windows and doors opening and closing,
  • Children play in soil and dirt outside a home that is lead painted,
  • Contaminated soil is tracked in to the home on shoes or pets,

For more lead poisoning information, please access the following links:

  1. Kate Kirkwood

    Program Manager for HUD Grant # NHLHBO754-20
    Phone: 603-781-4304

  2. Derek Ferland

    Project Director
    Phone: 603-863-2560

  3. Sharon Callum

    Fiscal & Procurement Officer
    Phone: 603-863-2560